\ ˈskid How to pronounce skid (audio) \

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 pluralthe 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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skidproof \ ˈskid-​ˌprüf How to pronounce skidproof (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By snapping their four-game losing skid, the Bears (5-4, 2-4 Pac-12) are just one win away from bowl eligibility with three regular-season games to play. Rusty Simmons,, "Cal’s win over Washington State prompts new hope for postseason berth," 9 Nov. 2019 The Knicks, who are on a three-game skid, are -106. Pistons C Andre Drummond has been a force, leading the NBA in rebounds (19.4 RPG), while averaging 21.2 points per game. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Knicks-Pistons odds: Depleted Detroit a slight home favorite," 6 Nov. 2019 Lined with fuzzy lamb's wool and featuring a non-skid rubber sole, these are the ultimate house slipper for the dapper dude in your life. Anna Heyman, USA TODAY, "The 20 best Christmas gifts for dads and husbands," 29 Oct. 2019 Jump socks, which resemble hospital socks with anti-skid stripes on the bottom, are required and must be purchased at the park. Susan Dunne,, "You’ll find lots of high-flying adventure at Fun In, Middletown’s trampoline and virtual-reality park," 23 Oct. 2019 The latter is the longest postseason skid for one club against another in major league history, topping Boston’s dominance over the Angels from 1986-2008. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gregorius, Yanks stagger Twins again, lead ALDS 2-0," 5 Oct. 2019 Chargers 30, Dolphins 10 — Philip Rivers hadn’t been born yet the last time the Chargers (2-2) won a road game in Miami Gardens, Fla., but the 37-year-old ended the skid, throwing for 310 yards and two scores against the historically bad Dolphins., "Chargers vs. Dolphins highlights | Week 4," 30 Sep. 2019 Much of the new pavement will be an anti-skid surface that has helped reduce crashes at the Big Moody Curve between Redwood Road Estates and Idylwild Road. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Highway 17 crashes remain on troubling rise," 22 Sep. 2019 STATS Mayfield, who beat the Jets last year in his NFL debut during a Thursday night game that ended Cleveland's 19-game winless skid, was 19 of 35 for 325 yards, including the long TD to Beckham, and an interception. oregonlive, "Odell Beckham, Jr. powers the Cleveland Browns to the win over the New York Jets: Recap, score, stats and more," 16 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But while independent voters now make up 27% of those registered, Democratic registration has risen in that decade to 34%, even as GOP numbers have skidded to 34%, erasing their edge. John Wildermuth,, "Dems now outnumber Republicans in traditional GOP stronghold of Orange County," 7 Aug. 2019 Not long after Kanute crossed the finish line, Kevin Collington, 33, of Boulder, Colo., skidded to a stop and finished sixth among the men. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hundreds in SF grind out miles in ‘best triathlon in the world’," 3 June 2018 The top layer of pavement will be anti-skid asphalt to reduce crashes on the Santa Cruz County side. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Water leak on Highway 101 getting fixed Monday: Roadshow," 25 Aug. 2019 There are occasionally accidents, with tanks skidding out of control and equipment breaking down. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Tank Get Some Serious Air During Russia's Army Olympics," 8 Aug. 2019 The Lions snapped the winless skid with back-to-back wins over the Vikings and Colts in mid-November, but finished with three straight losses to finish 4-9-1. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Aftermaths of Detroit Lions' winless preseasons: Barry Sanders, snowballs and Wayne Fontes," 1 Sep. 2019 Earnhardt hasn’t been on a plane since his Cessna 680 bounced twice before skidding off the runway of the Elizabethton, Tenn., airport and then catching fire. Bob Pockrass, USA TODAY, "'I'm great': Dale Earnhardt Jr. ready to race again after plane crash," 30 Aug. 2019 The Kliff and Kyler Show got off to a roaring start in the Cardinals’ preseason opener against the Chargers, then skidded off the tracks against the Raiders last Thursday. Albert Breer,, "32 Notes From 32 NFL Training Camps," 22 Aug. 2019 Chalk flew up as shots skidded off the lines; serves were strong and some rallies endless. Louisa Thomas, The New Yorker, "Novak Djokovic, a Spoiler and a Champion at Wimbledon," 14 July 2019

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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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The first known use of skid was circa 1610

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16 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Skid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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 How to pronounce skid (audio) \
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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