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skid

noun \ ˈskid \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of skid

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; also :pallet 3

skidproof

play \ˈskid-ˌprüf\ adjective

Examples of skid in a Sentence

  1. The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid.

  2. This victory ends a five-game skid.

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Origin and Etymology of skid

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

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skid

verb

Definition of skid

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

  1. The truck skidded on the icy road.

  2. The car skidded off the road and into the gully.

  3. He slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded to a halt.

  4. I skidded on the ice and fell.

Recent Examples of skid from the Web

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First Known Use of skid

1674



SKID Defined for English Language Learners

skid

noun

Definition of skid for English Language Learners

  • : 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


skid

verb

Definition of skid for English Language Learners

  • : to slide along a road or other surface in an uncontrolled way


SKID Defined for Kids

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skid

verb \ ˈskid \

Definition of skid for Students

skidded; skidding
1 :1slide 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

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skid

noun

Definition of skid for Students

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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