\ 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

Currently, the two ships have a traditional flight deck designed to provide a non-skid, weather-resistant surface for launching and recovering helicopters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Japan Clears Way for First Aircraft Carriers in 70 Years," 28 Nov. 2018 Still, the past two weeks have not resembled that 2-15 skid from two months ago; unlike before, the Diamondbacks’ offense is now performing at least at a competent level. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' funk continues with loss to Rockies," 12 July 2018 His efficiency suffered, and Oklahoma unsurprisingly went on a skid, barely making the NCAA tournament after losing eight out of 10 to end the season. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Projecting point guard Trae Young isn't easy. But NBA teams seem to be overthinking it.," 13 June 2018 There are several theories for baseball's attendance skid, including the popular notion that millennials can't stomach the slow pace of the game. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Reds notes: Fans staying away with combination of bad team, bad weather," 25 Apr. 2018 Thursday morning, Tigers catcher James McCann steered into the proverbial skid (so to speak), posting a picture of what seemed to be a plastic goose perched on the floor in the Tigers' clubhouse. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers embracing #RallyGoose, and it seems to be working," 31 May 2018 Their Twitter account decided to steer into the skid and interact with fans that were...less than thrilled. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "The Cubs won a crazy game against the Braves. They also won Twitter.," 14 Apr. 2018 Authorities added there were no signs of skid marks, indicating the driver did not apply the brakes. Mark Collette, Houston Chronicle, "Autopsy released in fatal Channelview crash," 15 Mar. 2018 The injured man named Bruno clutches his knee as a helicopter digs its landing skid into the snowy facade, its propellers cutting through the clouds and nearly scraping the mountain with each rotation. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Helicopter Pulls Off Improbable Rescue Mission in the French Alps," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 0.4 percent to 25,250.55, and the Nasdaq composite skidded 0.9 percent to 7,430.74. Annabelle Liang, The Seattle Times, "Asian shares gain, but inflation drags on Chinese benchmarks," 16 Oct. 2018 Then the bus careened off the road, spun around and then skidded on its side a good distance, Plowman said. Washington Post, "Masters golf fans hurt when bus overturns on interstate," 5 Apr. 2018 Both skid garnishes are the same color as the body instead of black like the other MDX models. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Love the hardware, hate the UI: The Acura MDX Sport Hybrid," 13 Dec. 2018 Flight operations were suspended at O'Hare International Airport when a plane skidded off an icy runway. Tom Skilling,, "Ask Tom: What year did an ice storm disrupt Easter weekend?," 27 Mar. 2018 In the footage, the sports sedan can be seen skidding out of control across the straight, empty section of highway at 111 mph and crashing into the safety barrier on the other side of the road. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Driver dramatically wrecks $150G Maserati he borrowed from friend," 13 Sep. 2018 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

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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
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 \
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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