ski

noun
\ ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio) , British sometimes ˈshē \
plural skis also ski

Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of a pair of narrow strips of wood, metal, or plastic curving upward in front that are used especially for gliding over snow
2 : a piece of material that resembles a ski and is used as a runner on a vehicle

ski

verb
skied\ ˈskēd How to pronounce skied (audio) , ˈshēd \; skiing

Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to glide on skis in travel or as a sport

transitive verb

: to travel or pass over on skis

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Other Words from ski

Verb

skiable \ ˈskē-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce skiable (audio) \ adjective
skier noun

Examples of ski in a Sentence

Verb I have skied that mountain before.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That was before six-foot distancing became the social norm and Colorado shut down its ski areas. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "The Deal Not Taken," 21 Mar. 2020 Then, on Saturday afternoon, Colorado governor Jared Polis ordered all ski areas in the state to close down immediately. Abigail Barronian, Outside Online, "Inside the Unprecedented End of the 2020 Ski Season," 17 Mar. 2020 More information about Vail Resorts’ decision to close its ski areas is available on the company’s website. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "Boston Mills, Brandywine, Alpine Valley ski areas close for final day of season due to coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020 The new lift will be installed in time for the 2020-21 season, the ski area said. USA TODAY, "Conch contest, golf tree, Geena Davis: News from around our 50 states," 9 Mar. 2020 The body of a third skier killed in an avalanche was found Thursday at an Idaho ski area, officials said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Third body found after Idaho avalanche," 10 Jan. 2020 The winner of the ultimate Colorado ski area championship is … Crested Butte Mountain Resort! The Know Staff, The Know, "The winner of the ultimate Colorado ski area championship is …," 28 Dec. 2019 Foreigners who invested in northern Vermont ski area developments that are now linked to a fraud case are suing the federal government for failing to act on their petitions for U.S. residency. Washington Post, "Foreign ski-area investors sue US over residency petitions," 20 Nov. 2019 As the deal awaits approval, Vail Resorts and Peak Resorts expect operations at all Peak Resorts ski areas to continue as normal, according to the release. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "The owner of ski havens around the world is buying Indiana's Paoli Peaks," 23 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Snowmobile or ski up to the cozy yurt for a prix fixe communal meal among the pines. Liza Weisstuch, Washington Post, "If you’re a celeb hunter, Idaho’s Sun Valley might appeal. But in McCall, nature is the star.," 12 Feb. 2020 Add to that a steadily growing Town Center at the bottom of the hill and a killer wilderness locale just northwest of Yellowstone National Park, and even those who don’t ski are eyeing Big Sky for a winter trip. Nina Kokotas Hahn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Big Sky's Sweeping Revamp Moves the Montana Resort Beyond Ski," 6 Feb. 2020 Hibbs skied shirtless and helmet-less in a pair of tan overalls and worried at times about blowing out a knee or bonking his head. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Skier shreds SF’s hills in new film, ‘The Kook’," 1 Mar. 2020 The area surrounding it, where Kottmann usually skis, was open and bare, the grass yellowish in the sun. NBC News, "Norway's skiing culture in question as warming climate leaves little snow," 22 Feb. 2020 Mikaela Shiffrin skied to a 65th career World Cup win and first in downhill since 2017 with victory in Bansko, Bulgaria Friday. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Mikaela Shiffrin wins 65th World Cup race to cement overall lead," 24 Jan. 2020 Just ski down the mild grade behind the lodge, hop on a lift and ascend to some of the best skiing Utah has to offer. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "All snow, all the time at Utah’s new ski paradise for diehards," 31 Oct. 2019 Inside the 860,000-square-foot Wanda Indoor Ski and Winter Sports Resort, guests can take lessons, ride an indoor chairlift, ski six different runs and play in a snow castle. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight of the World’s Coolest Indoor Snow Parks," 26 Feb. 2020 All ages are invited to ski the forest trails at the River Bend Nature Center and let candlelight be your guide Jan. 31. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Scandihoovian Winter Festival, Wisconsin Antiques Dealers Show, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of ski

Noun

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1890, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ski

Noun

Norwegian, from Old Norse skīth stick of wood, ski; akin to Old English scīd board, scēadan to divide — more at shed entry 1

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31 Mar 2020

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“Ski.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ski. Accessed 4 Apr. 2020.

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ski

noun
How to pronounce ski (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of long narrow pieces of wood, metal, or plastic that curve upward slightly in front, are attached to shoes, and are used for gliding over snow

ski

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or glide on skis over snow or water

ski

noun
\ ˈskē How to pronounce ski (audio) \
plural skis

Kids Definition of ski

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one of a pair of narrow strips fastened one on each foot and used in gliding over snow or water

ski

verb
skied; skiing

Kids Definition of ski (Entry 2 of 2)

: to glide on skis

Other Words from ski

skier noun

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