\ ˈskid How to pronounce skid (audio) \

Definition of skid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of a group of objects (such as planks or logs) used to support or elevate a structure or object
2 : a wooden fender hung over a ship's side to protect it in handling cargo
3 : a usually iron shoe or clog attached to a chain and placed under a wheel to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill : drag
4 : a timber, bar, rail, pole, or log used in pairs or sets to form a slideway (as for an incline from a truck to the sidewalk)
5 : the act of skidding : slip, sideslip
6 : either of two longitudinal pieces used as part of the landing gear of an airplane or helicopter usually plural the skids of a helicopter
7a skids plural : a route to defeat or downfall on the skids his career hit the skids
b : a losing streak a 5-game skid
8 : a low platform mounted (as on wheels) on which material is set for handling and moving also : pallet sense 3


skidded; skidding

Definition of skid (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to apply a brake or skid to : slow or halt by a skid
2a : to haul (logs or something similar) by dragging cutting and skidding firewood
b : to haul along, slide, hoist, or store on skids

intransitive verb

1 : to slide without rotating (as a wheel does when it is held from turning while a vehicle moves onward)
2a : to fail to grip the roadway especially : to slip sideways on the road
b of an airplane : to slide sideways away from the center of curvature when turning
c : slide, slip
3 : to fall rapidly, steeply, or far sales skidded last year

Other Words from skid


skidproof \ ˈskid-​ˌprüf How to pronounce skid (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skid in a Sentence

Noun The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid. This victory ends a five-game skid. Verb The truck skidded on the icy road. The car skidded off the road and into the gully. He slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded to a halt. I skidded on the ice and fell. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The skid marks left on the asphalt represented inflation—a blemish and a nuisance to be sure—but worth it to get the economy back on track. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 17 Sep. 2022 The car changed lanes several times, leaving skid marks on the pavement, the charges said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Sep. 2022 Officers found skid marks from Lagana’s vehicle in the roadway and on the sidewalk where Heimer was killed, charging documents show. Jose R. Gonzalez, The Arizona Republic, 14 Aug. 2022 The Giants are trying to snap a skid of five straight losing seasons. Teresa M. Walker, Hartford Courant, 10 Sep. 2022 Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout homered in the same game for the eighth time this season, but rookies Kerry Carpenter and Ryan Kreidler hit back-to-back homers in the ninth inning to help visiting Detroit snap a four-game skid. San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2022 Other Edition 1 features include configurable bed rails, 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels, performance front skid plate, and front bumper with safari bar. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 11 Aug. 2022 Nolan Jones and Kirk McCarty made the difference Tuesday in the field, at the plate and on the mound to help Cleveland snap a three-game losing skid. Joe Noga, cleveland, 26 July 2022 Max Stassi doubled and reached base three times to help the Angels snap a four-game skid. Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some teams, like the Jazz, bang and skid around in those lower confines almost endlessly. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Sep. 2022 And the team couldn’t skid by with a single version of Vecna. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2022 In a video obtained by NBC affiliate WRAL of Raleigh, the plane can be seen appearing to skid off the runway and spin in a partial circle before coming to a stop. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 3 Aug. 2022 The bounces at Wimbledon are slightly higher and more consistent now even if there are still bad breaks when balls skid off the patches where grass has given way to dirt. New York Times, 10 July 2022 The front passenger side of the Audi slammed into a concrete pole, then continued to skid, before coming to rest in the grass median. Wells Dusenbury, Sun Sentinel, 22 May 2022 Some people use a shovel, stick, or even car mats to push or skid snapping turtles across the road. Jesse Leavenworth, Hartford Courant, 24 May 2022 What will the next few weeks bring for a team that allowed itself such lofty expectations a year ago, only to have those high hopes jam and bump and skid to a most disappointing result? Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Mar. 2022 But stud finders are imperfect tools that could lead a handyman to drill where there is no stud; also a drill bit could skid and leave a deep scratch in the Corian. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of skid


circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1674, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for skid


perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skīth stick of wood — more at ski

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25 Sep 2022

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“Skid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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\ ˈskid How to pronounce skid (audio) \
skidded; skidding

Kids Definition of skid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : slide entry 1 sense 1, slip He was tempted to skid across the ice.
2 : to slide sideways The car skidded off the road.
3 : to roll or slide on a platform of logs, planks, or rails



Kids Definition of skid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a platform of logs, planks, or rails used to support a heavy object while it is being moved or stored
2 : the act of sliding

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