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 Warm-weather destinations like those in Mexico, Florida and Hawaii are in demand along with ski hotspots such as Vail, Colorado; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Lake Tahoe, with is split between Nevada and California. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Boo! Book your holiday trips by Halloween or you'll be haunted by higher fares, website warns," 21 Oct. 2020 Aerial view from a treetop of a cross country skier skiing across a frozen lake, on the Botheration Pond ski trail in Adirondack Park, NY. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "New York Will Allow Ski Resorts to Reopen on Nov. 6," 19 Oct. 2020 American Avalanche Association pro trainer Erica Engle even brings a spare sports bra on backcountry ski excursions. Outside Online, "11 Ways to Stay Warm This Winter," 19 Oct. 2020 That relationship is clear along the two-lane road that winds north from Cold Hollow Cider Mill into the ski village of Stowe. Washington Post, "Vermont wants tourism back, safely. But will travelers play along?," 15 Oct. 2020 Next year, a range of domestic locations in national parks, winter ski, and beach towns are becoming the most popular. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "The Most Popular Travel Destinations For 2021, According To Airbnb," 15 Oct. 2020 If airline planners are right, travel to powdery ski slopes in the West may pick up soon, too. Niraj Chokshi, New York Times, "How United Airlines Is Trying to Plan Around a Pandemic," 15 Oct. 2020 Leisure travel, while still a fraction of normal levels, is all that remains, and airlines have responded by adding flights to beaches, ski destinations and mountain regions. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Southwest Airlines to Challenge Rivals at O’Hare and in Houston," 12 Oct. 2020 Rokka&Rolla Men’s Lightweight Hooded Puffer Jacket ($45.99, originally $59.99; walmart.com) Channel ’80s ski style but with 3M Thinsulate high-tech performance fabric — then wear it every day this winter. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "The best home and fashion deals from Walmart’s Big Save event," 12 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Below, Airbnb's top 5 trending locations—from small cities to ski towns to desert getaways. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where Americans Are Traveling Locally in 2020," 22 Oct. 2020 In Utah, the county that calls Park City ski resort home reported a per-capita infection rate similar to New York City and parts of Italy — two major hot spots at the time. Thomas Peipert, Anchorage Daily News, "US resorts are adapting to a new normal of skiing during the pandemic," 18 Oct. 2020 In Utah, the county that calls Park City ski resort home reported a per-capita infection rate similar to New York City and parts of Italy — two major hot spots at the time. Thomas Peipert, USA TODAY, "'We’re very optimistic about skiing this winter': Resorts adapt to new normal amid pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 In Utah, the county that calls Park City ski resort home reported a per-capita infection rate similar to New York City and parts of Italy — two major hot spots at the time. The Salt Lake Tribune, "U.S. resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 In Utah, the county that calls Park City ski resort home reported a per-capita infection rate similar to New York City and parts of Italy — two major hot spots at the time. Thomas Peipert, Star Tribune, "US resorts adapt to new normal of skiing amid pandemic," 17 Oct. 2020 Many resorts are only selling lift tickets and ski lessons in advance this year, nixing day-of ticket window purchases. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, "10 Mistakes to Avoid on Your First Ski Trip, According to Experts," 17 Oct. 2020 Since bars have been identified by health experts as breeding grounds for virus spread, tipplers can say goodbye this year to crowded, boozy après ski. Washington Post, "What to expect from this winter’s ski season," 8 Oct. 2020 During the Holiday Roundup from Dec. 24 to Dec. 31, guests can see Wyoming’s indigenous osprey, say hello to avalanche dogs, and even ski with Santa during daily, family-friendly events. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Spend Christmas," 30 Sep. 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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Last Updated

25 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ski.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ski. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for ski

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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