\ 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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Pride started the season with a seven-game unbeaten streak but recently fell into a four-game winless skid that dropped the team from the top place in the league table to the fifth. Julia Poe,, 23 July 2021 However, the National League will hope to slow Ohtani down and end their seven-game All-Star losing skid. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 Milwaukee managed just three hits off Anderson (4-8), who broke a personal five-game skid., 5 July 2021 Yarbrough ended a 24-start winless skid with Tampa Bay’s first complete game in more than five years, Austin Meadows homered off shaky Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and drove in five runs, and the Rays beat New York 9-2 Thursday. Jake Seiner,, 3 June 2021 Two games later, Phoenix is down 2-1 looking to avoid a three-game skid that would put them in a very uncomfortable position. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 29 May 2021 Lonzo Ball had 27 points and a career-high eight 3-pointers, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Houston Rockets 122-115 on Sunday night to end a two-game skid. Kristie Rieken, Star Tribune, 4 Apr. 2021 The Huskies will find a way to end that skid and reach the title game. Doug Feinberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Mar. 2021 Deandre Ayton had season highs with 26 points and 17 rebounds and the Phoenix Suns beat the Houston Rockets 109-103 on Wednesday night to end a two-game skid. Kristie Rieken, Chron, 20 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remember what your drivers ed teacher told you about pumping the brakes when your car starts to skid? Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2021 Down a set and tied at three games apiece in the second, Sock's forehand appeared to skid off the baseline, yet was called out by the chair as there are no baseline judges at this event -- not the norm at a majority of Challenger events. Mitchell Gladstone, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 The video then shows the car, engulfed in flames, skid to a stop as the tunnel fills with smoke. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 Then, the Cardinals began to skid, struggling to find enough defense to support freshman quarterback Cameron Ward and a record-setting offense. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Apr. 2021 These systems work by detecting when a vehicle has begun to skid, and get it back into line by briefly applying brakes at specific individual wheels. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 21 Mar. 2021 Almirola bobbled and turned right into pole-winner Alex Bowman; their contact causing others — among them Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch — to spin and skid through grass and mud. Liz Clarke,, 14 Feb. 2021 Buffalo snapped an 0-6 postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. John Wawrow, ajc, 9 Jan. 2021 Hyde batted down Philip Rivers’ desperation pass as time ran out in helping Buffalo snap a six-game postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. John Wawrow,, 9 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Jul 2021

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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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