\ 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

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Other Words from skid


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

crash, crater, decline, descend, dip, dive, drop, fall, lower, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, sink, tumble

Antonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

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Examples of skid in a Sentence


The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid. This victory ends a five-game skid.


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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With the loss, the Sabres matched the second-longest road skid in franchise history. Allan Kreda, The Seattle Times, "Islanders clinch playoff spot with 5-1 victory over Sabres," 30 Mar. 2019 Goldschmidt’s go-ahead, three-run homer helped win the game for the Diamondbacks, whose 4-2 victory snapped a four-game losing skid. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt adjusts, launches go-ahead HR," 3 July 2018 On top of the standard 4Runner equipment, the TRD Pro gets items such as a locking differential, Bilstein shock absorbers with rear remote reservoirs and a front skid plate. Travis Langness, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds: 7 off-roaders that can be driven right off the lot," 11 June 2018 The club might show more patience with Hudson than its fans have, but the fact of the matter is a loss to Chicago on Wednesday would inch the club even closer to the 1999 New York/New Jersey MetroStars league-record 12-game losing skid. Avi Creditor,, "The MLS XI, Week 15: Au Revoir, Patrick Vieira," 11 June 2018 Nissan toughens up the Titan XD Pro-4X with skid plates for the fuel tank, transfer case, radiator and oil pan. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Nissan’s hard-working Titan XD outlier delivers bang-for-the-buck," 2 June 2018 The crossing was more a cleaning of the four skid plates about to get used and abused. Robert Duffer,, "2018 Jeep Wrangler rules the off-road world," 26 Apr. 2018 The high hood, bold grille and Denali’s chrome skid plates create a powerful face. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "First look: 2019 GMC Sierra pickup packed with luxury and innovation," 1 Mar. 2018 Currently, the two ships have a traditional flight deck designed to provide a non-skid, weather-resistant surface for launching and recovering helicopters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Clears Way for First Aircraft Carriers in 70 Years," 28 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The currency, which shed nearly 30% against the dollar last year, skidded nearly 2% early Monday but recovered to gain nearly 2% in... David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "Turkey Elections Loosen Erdogan’s Grip on Power, With Losses in Ankara, Istanbul," 1 Apr. 2019 The Boeing 707 cargo plane skidded off the runway at an airport west of Tehran. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Iranian Military Cargo Plane Crashes Near Tehran," 14 Jan. 2019 The truck went south on Langfield, but the driver lost control of his car while making a turn and skidded into a ditch, police said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man arrested after police chase in NW Houston," 24 May 2018 In 2017, a Thunderbirds plane skidded off a wet runway in Ohio and flipped over, trapping the two pilots inside temporarily. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Thunderbirds pilot killed during practice said educating kids was a highlight of the job," 5 Apr. 2018 The team’s plane skidded off a runway after takeoff was aborted. The Associated Press, New York Times, "Michigan Locks Down Purdue and Wins 2nd Straight Big Ten Tournament Title," 4 Mar. 2018 An incident report stated that Bowling's car skidded into the electrical box that controls the lights at the intersection. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Teen cited for 'ding-dong ditching' in Port Washington," 7 Feb. 2018 Most of the wear and tear to an airplane's tires comes during this initial touchdown while the tires are skidding along rather than rolling. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Why Airplane Tires Almost Never Have a Blowout," 22 Aug. 2016 The tractor trailer had locked its brakes and skidded when Blaser's Tundra decelerated due to traffic, the Patrol's crash report states. Max Londberg, kansascity, "One killed, four hurt when semi skids into multiple vehicles on Cass County highway," 15 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of skid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden, uncontrolled sliding movement
: one of a pair of long narrow parts on which a helicopter or airplane rests
US, sports : a series of losses that happen one after the other : a losing streak



English Language Learners Definition of skid (Entry 2 of 2)

: to slide along a road or other surface in an uncontrolled way


\ 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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