\ 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 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 How to pronounce skidproof (audio) \ 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

Rafael Devers snapped an 0-for-11 skid with a single to left — on yet another Heaney two-strike changeup — and then trotted home when Bogaerts blasted a change into the rocks in center for his 31st homer of the season. Alex Speier,, "Bullpen comes up big again as Red Sox win Angels series," 1 Sep. 2019 The right fielder is in an 0-for-13 skid and has gone hitless over a career-tying four consecutive games. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies put German Marquez, Raimel Tapia on injured list," 26 Aug. 2019 Garver's three-run homer, his 20th, snapped an 0-for-17 skid and gave the Twins a 3-0 lead in the third. Christopher Stock,, "Anderson hits grand slam in ninth, but Marlins’ rally falls short after Alcantara gives up three homers to Twins," 1 Aug. 2019 Eric Thames then got to Hendriks in the ninth, hammering a solo homer out to right-center to snap an 0-for-17 skid and knot it back up at 2-2. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Athletics 3, Brewers 2 (10 innings): Josh Hader gives up decisive blast to Matt Olson," 31 July 2019 Gregorius took a curtain call after hitting a long grand slam later in the inning that ended a 1-for-23 skid. Jake Seiner,, "Judge, Gregorius lift Yanks over Rays after CC starts fracas," 17 July 2019 Since breaking out of an 0-for-11 skid with an eighth-inning single June 14, the switch-hitter had improved his on-base-plus-slugging percentage 100 points to .694. Maria Torres,, "Angels' Luis Rengifo's son inspired him to get permanent ink. Now, he's playing for a permanent spot," 29 June 2019 Bregman entered Sunday's game in a 1-for-9 skid and ballplayers will, notoriously, try anything to lift themselves from a slump. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros’ Alex Bregman shaves his mustache mid-game," 24 June 2018 The Dream are in the midst of the second-longest skid in franchise history, having lost 11 straight. Doug Feinberg,, "WNBA playoff picture clearing up; Aces, Sun Mystics clinch," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The aircraft landed at Santa Barbara around 10:30 p.m., then skidded off the runway and onto the infield. CBS News, "C-130 transport plane crashes and catches fire but 7 on board unharmed," 26 Aug. 2019 After the initial contact, Hunter-Reay's out-of-control car clipped Rosenqvist, whose car skidded along the outside wall and fencing for several hundred feet. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Will Power wins crash-marred IndyCar race at Pocono," 18 Aug. 2019 The flight was much more successful than the first test in 2013 when the vehicle’s landing gear failed and caused the spaceplane to skid off the runway on touchdown. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Sierra Nevada picks the future Vulcan rocket to fly its mini-spaceplane to orbit," 14 Aug. 2019 Even with a pricey $50 million budget before marketing, the movie skidded to a dead-on-arrival $8.1 million, a far cry from the hit Marley & Me its ad campaigns had aimed to emulate. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Box Office: ‘Scary Stories’ Spooks ‘Dora’ As ‘The Kitchen,’ ‘Art of Racing’ Crash," 12 Aug. 2019 After the initial contact, Sato's car hit an inside wall and shot toward the outside wall, clipping Rosenqvist, whose car skidded along the outside wall and fencing for several hundred feet. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar drivers scarred by racing at Pocono say it's time for series to leave," 18 Aug. 2019 Photos and videos of the crash site have been poring up on social media, many of them showing the plane engulfed in flames in certain areas, and skid marks through the field where the aircraft came to an abrupt halt. Hannah Chubb,, "Hero Pilot Lands Plane in Corn Field After Bird Strike, Saving all 226 Passengers on Board," 16 Aug. 2019 National Oilwell Varco slumped 8% and Schlumberger skidded 6.6%. Dallas News, "Dow falls 800 points in its biggest decline of the year, reacting to bad news at home and abroad," 14 Aug. 2019 National Oilwell Varco slumped 8% and Schlumberger skidded 6.6%. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga,, "Warning of possible recession sends ripple through U.S. markets and Dow plummeting 800 points," 14 Aug. 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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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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