water ski


Definition of water ski

: a ski used in planing over water while being towed by a speedboat

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Other Words from water ski

water-ski \ ˈwȯ-​tər-​ˌskē How to pronounce water-ski (audio) , ˈwä-​ \ intransitive verb

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Popular with windsurfers, Zlatni Rat also accommodates all manner of beach toys, from water skis to banana boats. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 Each of Windstar’s six small sailing ships (149–310 guests) has a water sports platform that deploys complimentary Jet-Skis, sailboards, kayaks, water skis, Hobi-Cats and snorkeling gear. Mark Childress, WSJ, "The Debate Over Cruise Vacations: Wonderful or Torturous?," 14 Aug. 2018 Some kids go to the beach to sail, water ski and go boating. Page Leggett, charlotteobserver, "At these YMCA camps, kids learn to sail, take in nature and 'make friends for life'," 12 July 2018 High on Life has trespassed into a sensitive archeological area at Machu Pichu, climbed Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial, affixed a rope swing to Utah’s picturesque, but fragile Corona Arch, and water skied behind an RV across the Bonneville Salt Flats. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018 Christian Riley Garcia would hop on water skis and be pulled by the boat around the lake, ride Jet Skis and stay up late with his family to go night fishing during trips to Crosby, Tex. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "The lives lost at Santa Fe High School," 19 May 2018 There’s also a water show, in which human pyramids water ski across a bay. Jerry Soverinsky, BostonGlobe.com, "A grown-up’s guide to Legoland Florida Resort," 28 Mar. 2018 What is a more fitting way to celebrate one of the largest boat shows in the country than watching a squirrel shred through a pool on water skis? Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Twiggy the Water Skiing Squirrel to appear at Detroit Boat Show at Cobo," 15 Feb. 2018 Choose to jump, water ski or wakeboard in the chilly waters to support Make-A-Wish Idaho, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "Freeze yo fanny for Wish kids," 25 Dec. 2017

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of water ski

: a ski that is used in water-skiing


wa·​ter-ski | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌskē, ˈwä-\
water-skied; water-skiing

Kids Definition of water-ski

: to ski on water while being pulled by a speedboat

water ski

plural water skis

Kids Definition of water ski

: a ski used in water-skiing

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