\ 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 pluralthe 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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police noted skid marks on the road and said no action by the driver contributed to the crash. Phoebe Wall Howard,, "Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: 'Everybody knew'," 5 Dec. 2019 Rams 37, Falcons 10: The Rams ended a three-game skid against a Falcons team that can't get its season on track. USA TODAY, "Cowboys snap out of skid with statement win; Aaron Rodgers vaults into MVP race," 21 Oct. 2019 As a 1-point underdog last Sunday, the Cowboys snapped a three-game skid with a 44-21 home throttling of the Los Angeles Rams. Marcus Mosher, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles odds, picks and best bets," 20 Dec. 2019 The Cowboys snapped a three-game skid last week with a dominant 44-21 dismantling of the Rams. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Will Dak Prescott be limited? Eagles have bigger question to answer with Ezekiel Elliott," 19 Dec. 2019 Purdue coach Sharon Versyp notched her 400th career victory in snapping a two-game skid. Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: McLaughlin's big game helps Purdue women snap skid," 8 Dec. 2019 Next Suns at Orlando Magic, Wednesday, 5 p.m., Amway Center — Phoenix (9-10) snapped a three-game skid with a win over Charlotte, 109-104, on Monday to begin a four-game road trip. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns take it personally, help Frank Kaminsky III beat Charlotte Hornets," 3 Dec. 2019 Lars Eller broke a third-period tie and the Capitals defeated the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap a two-game skid despite posting a season-low 20 shots. Ian Quillen,, "Porous goaltending hurts Panthers again in loss to Caps," 27 Nov. 2019 But Minnesota had 38 points in the first quarter, 39 in the third and 32 in the fourth against one of the NBA’s weakest defensive teams and snapped a two-game skid. Matt Winkeljohn, Twin Cities, "Timberwolves shake up starting lineup in win over Atlanta," 25 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The couple was driving at about 5:30 p.m. through the Village of Orange Blossom Trail on East Schwartz Boulevard when their vehicle started to skid, according to a report by Villages News. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hole opens up and begins to swallow Villages couple’s van as they drive," 12 Dec. 2019 But all eyes are on a crash in Dutch Harbor last week, when a PenAir plane skidded off the end of the runway, resulting in one death. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Flying is a big part of life in Alaska. We all have a role in ensuring safety comes first.," 26 Oct. 2019 Loehmann, a rookie, shot Tamir within seconds of a cruiser skidding to a stop just a few feet away. Washington Post, "Judge upholds firing of police officer who killed Tamir Rice," 20 Dec. 2019 The crew couldn’t stop the plane, which blew a tire before skidding to a halt just short of the Bering Sea. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Nearly 2 months after fatal crash, Unalaskans are struggling to get in the air," 8 Dec. 2019 No injuries were reported when United Flight 627 -- which originated in Denver -- landed at 1 p.m. on Runway 22 Left and then skidded off to the left side of the pavement, according to the FAA. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "United Airlines flight skids off runway at Newark Liberty International Airport," 15 June 2019 The declines started in Asia, where Japan’s Nikkei 225 stock index skidded 3.0 percent to 20,977.11, while the Shanghai Composite index dropped 2.0 percent to 3,043.03. Matt Ott, The Seattle Times, "World markets slide on concerns over global growth," 25 Mar. 2019 One of the trucks skidded into a turn and rolled over. Washington Post, "‘Bodies flew everywhere’: A border chase shows role U.S. citizens play in immigration smuggling," 31 Oct. 2019 One of the few blemishes was skidding out of bounds on the landing of a triple-double, a skill no other female gymnast performs. James Ellingworth,, "Simone Biles wins fifth all-around title at gymnastics world championships," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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