\ˈskid \

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 \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

crash, 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

Column: Kentucky basketball skids further into mediocrity. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Alleged Kentucky basketball player's bodyguard charged with assault," 11 Feb. 2018 That was enough to saddle Baltimore with its ninth straight defeat, the team's longest skid since an identical run in July 2011. David Ginsburg,, "J.T. Realmuto's 2 home runs, 4 RBI power Marlins past Orioles," 16 June 2018 Then, less than six months ago, Stephens was exiting the Australian Open in the first round, part of a downturn and an eight-match losing skid. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Sloane Stephens’ 1st loss in any final comes at French Open," 9 June 2018 Related stories from Miami Herald Marlins snap their longest skid ever against the Nationals with a hitting barrage Realmuto leads all NL catchers in offensive wins above replacement (3.2 wins), a metric used to measure a player’s value to a team. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Preparing to become a father, Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto receives well-earned All-Star nod," 8 July 2018 Molina, though, got in the last word Monday night as the Cardinals snapped their four-game skid. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Torey Lovullo and Yadier Molina meet to clear the air, but Cardinals get the last word," 2 July 2018 Cameron Maybin doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Miami edged the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Tuesday night, snapping its season-high five-game skid. Beth Harris,, "Cameron Maybin ninth-inning double propels Marlins by host Dodgers," 25 Apr. 2018 There are no skid marks and the vehicle was at a full stop before accelerating off the cliff, authorities said. Angel Jennings,, "One of three missing Hart children is found dead after plunge off cliff," 17 Apr. 2018 The former Los Angeles mayor, who trailed Newsom by only 2 percentage points, 23 percent to 21 percent, in the institute’s January survey, saw his support skid to 12 percent. John Wildermuth, San Francisco Chronicle, "Poll finds Newsom’s lead strengthens in primary race for governor," 21 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The 18-wheeler then skidded out of control and flipped over, crossing into the HOV lane. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Speeding car leads to big rig rollover on Katy Freeway," 29 May 2018 The way putts had tantalizingly skidded past the edges of holes all Sunday afternoon (April 29), even a 2 1/2-footer on the 18th green to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans wasn't a sure thing. Ron Higgins,, "Billy Horschel, Scott Piercy win 2018 Zurich Classic by 1 stroke," 29 Apr. 2018 Jockeying for position early in Monday's race, Pigot eventually got into the side of DeMelo and the two skidded across the track together, crisscrossing the road course twice before separating. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: Josef Newgarden emerges from chaotic Alabama weekend with win," 23 Apr. 2018 But the threat to Big Beer seemingly abated when craft’s swift advance suddenly skidded to a halt. Benjamin Shull, WSJ, "‘Barrel-Aged Stout and Selling Out’ Review: Windy City Windfall," 5 July 2018 After a career-best 2017 season with a .293 batting average and 182 hits, as well as a stable spring hitting about .240, Schoop skidded in June, dipping below the Mendoza line heading into the last day of June at .197. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop likely to take three days off for 'reset'," 30 June 2018 The truck skidded off the road, hit a ditch, went airborne and landed on its top. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Excelsior Springs man killed Friday in rollover crash on U.S. 65 north of Sedalia | The Kansas City Star," 26 May 2018 The share of ballots cast by voters under 30 likewise skidded from 19 percent in 2012 to 13 percent in 2014. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Democratic Wave May Depend on Millennials Becoming Unusually Motivated to Vote," 17 May 2018 Howard Black with the Colorado Springs Police Department told FOX21 that, after landing on the roadway, the plane skidded and hit a guardrail before flipping over on its side. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Small plane makes crash landing on busy Colorado road," 17 Apr. 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

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 \
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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