\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, 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

The initial bomb marked the first time the third baseman had put one over the fence in 21 games, his longest such skid of the season. Matt Calkins, The Seattle Times, "Is this the start of Kyle Seager’s midseason turnaround? Mariners better hope so," 6 Aug. 2018 That victory ended a three-game skid and gave the Sun Devils a chance to become eligible for a bowl game by beating Arizona the next week in the Territorial Cup. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Former ASU football star Antonio Longino refuses to give up on dreams," 30 June 2018 This was better for Jakob Junis ... but not good enough to help his team end a long skid. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Jakob Junis improves on biggest weakness, but Royals' losing streak goes on," 20 June 2018 The Blazers ended a mini two-game skid Sunday night with a 108-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena., "Portland Trail Blazers vs. New Orleans Pelicans: Game preview, TV channel, how to watch live stream," 26 Mar. 2018 The Blue Devils routed the Orange 60–44 a month ago as 13.5-point home favorites, ending a two-game skid straight up and against the spread in the series between the ACC schools. Oddsshark,, "March Madness Odds: Watch Out for West Virginia, Clemson in Friday's Sweet 16 Action," 22 Mar. 2018 Seeking to end a two-game skid, Purdue used a 14-2 run late in the third quarter to turn a 10-point deficit into a 49-47 lead. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: Purdue and Notre Dame women win," 15 Feb. 2018 Nothing is assured in the cannibalistic Big 12, and now Texas (15-9, 5-6 Big 12) must travel to Fort Worth to face a TCU team desperate to end a two-game skid. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Bamba determined to get to NCAA tournament," 9 Feb. 2018 If your car has an anti-lock braking system (ABS): Do not remove your foot from the brake during a skid., "Car slides on black ice, plows into NKY police cruiser," 16 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Toyota skidded, Elliott regrouped and pulled away and Truex sputtered home, out of fuel. John Kekis, Fox News, "Chase Elliott gets first NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Watkins Glen," 6 Aug. 2018 Atlas Mara’s shares have skidded more than 70 percent since December 2013. Edward Robinson,, "Bob Diamond Gets Behind the Humble Bank Loan—in Risky Italy," 13 Feb. 2018 Yet even for a puppy, Phoebe seemed hyperactive — running, sliding, and skidding around Dr. Berman's examining room floor. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Park Avenue's Pet Whisperer," 3 Sep. 2014 The car lost control and skidded into the tree shortly thereafter. Kathy Routliffe,, "Four face vehicle trespassing charges after Wilmette chase ends with car hitting tree," 3 July 2018 In Britain, the FTSE 100 index skidded 1.9% in intraday trading. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "U.S. stock futures volatile after massive market plunge," 6 Feb. 2018 Charlotte, which out-shot Lehigh Valley 14-5 in the period, almost scored 10 minutes later when Andrew Poturalski’s shot from about 10 feet in front of the net bounced off Lyon and skidded in front of the goal. Steve Lyttle, charlotteobserver, "Whew! How historic night - and morning - ends in disappointment for Charlotte Checkers | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018 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

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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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