skid

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noun

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
7
a
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
skidproof adjective

skid

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verb

skidded; skidding

transitive verb

1
: to apply a brake or skid to : slow or halt by a skid
2
a
: 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)
2
a
: 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
This season, however, has been marked by injuries and illnesses as the Hurricanes’ losing streak is their longest skid since dropping six in a row in February/March of 2021. Walter Villa, Miami Herald, 21 Feb. 2024 Devon Toews scored the go-ahead goal with 6:35 remaining, MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to give him at least a point in all 26 home games and the Avalanche beat Arizona 4-3 on Sunday night, extending the Coyotes’ skid to nine in a row. Pat Graham, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2024 Saturday’s win ended the Comets’ losing skid that included six straight road games, the most in franchise history. Nathan Dunn, Kansas City Star, 13 Feb. 2024 Every Wilderness edition is specifically engineered with front skid plates, upgrades to its ground clearance, drivetrain and all terrain capabilities. Tony Leopardo, The Mercury News, 11 Feb. 2024 The victory allowed the Blue Hens to end a three-game skid in the all-time series and avoid a season sweep by the Tigers — who won the first meeting, 67-56, on Jan. 27 — for the second time in the last three seasons. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 8 Feb. 2024 Partisan legislators, mired in lobbying dollars, must be replaced by Independents who are willing to work from the middle out to grease the skids of Congress and do the people’s work. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 The Heat’s 33-point home loss to the Celtics last month went down as its fifth straight defeat during what ended up as a seven-game skid and its longest losing streak since the 2007-08 season. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 10 Feb. 2024 The Wild stopped a two-game skid and won their first game back after their eight-game bye week/all-star break. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024
Verb
An American Airlines airplane skidded off an icy runway while landing at Rochester International Airport Thursday, coming to a stop in snowy grass just off the roadway. Kayla Canne, USA TODAY, 19 Jan. 2024 The Kia skidded to a stop across the two middle lanes, facing west with its passenger side exposed to being T-boned by oncoming traffic. David J. Neal, Miami Herald, 11 Feb. 2024 Cars intentionally skidded across the glassy surface. Hollace Ava Weiner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Jan. 2024 But by the time paratroopers in Kharchenko’s company entered the battle on a moonless night last August, the counteroffensive was already skidding toward failure—and his men were about to learn all of the deadly reasons why. James Marson, WSJ, 10 Jan. 2024 Her brother, Michael Wells, was on his way to work in Fort Worth during a deadly 2021 winter storm when cars began to skid on a two-lane tollway. Zaeem Shaikh, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 Over 130 vehicles skidding and jack-knifing on black ice crashed into one another on a half-mile, tollway stretch of Interstate 35, leading to six deaths. Hollace Ava Weiner, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Jan. 2024 Even so, enrollment has skidded 14% in the past decade, increasing CNU’s reliance on state funding. Brandi Kellam, ProPublica, 22 Dec. 2023 Rubber feet will keep the post from skidding across the floor. Mary Jo Dilonardo, Treehugger, 10 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skīth stick of wood — more at ski

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1610, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1674, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skid was circa 1610

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Cite this Entry

“Skid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skid. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

skid

1 of 2 noun
1
: a log or plank for supporting something (as above the ground)
2
: one of the logs, planks, or rails along or on which something heavy is rolled or slid
3
: a device placed under a carriage wheel to prevent its turning
4
: a runner used as part of the landing gear of an airplane or helicopter
5
: the act of skidding : slide

skid

2 of 2 verb
skidded; skidding
1
: to haul along, slide, hoist, or store on skids
2
: to slide without rotating
the wheels skidded
3
: to fail to grip the roadway
especially : to slip sideways on the road
the car skidded on an icy road

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