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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Staying cool also will get pricier: Kiddie pools, water skis, surfboards and canoe paddles are all subject to the new tariffs, too. NBC News, "From kiddie pools to Popsicle sticks, the next round of tariffs is a Labor Day downer," 30 Aug. 2019 More than 70 barefoot water ski athletes competed in respective divisions for titles in wake slalom, tricks, jumping and overall during the three-day event. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Delray Beach barefoot waterskiier takes third in nation," 29 Aug. 2019 The annual shindig features lots of live music, a water ski show, carnival rides, fireworks, lighted boat parade and more. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Hit a Wisconsin fest, watch a tug-of-war over the Mighty Mississippi and more Midwest events," 29 July 2019 Nearly 700 water ski athletes from across the United States competed for national titles in slalom, tricks, jumping and overall in respective age divisions and two Open divisions during the five-day tournament. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Palm Beach Central High graduate competes in national waterski event," 15 Aug. 2019 Bilas is an eight-time USA barefoot water ski champion and coach and is also a motivational speaker/lecturer, photographer and contributor to boating magazines. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Champion barefoot skier plans to defend his title," 2 Aug. 2019 Pull out the water skis, the fishing poles, the skateboards, the boats, the ball and glove, the little glass jar with holes poked in the lid for catching fireflies. Randy Blaser, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Summer is here. You better enjoy it while it lasts.," 6 June 2019 The Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championship, billed as the largest water ski show tourney in the world, will be held July 18-21 in Wisconsin Rapids. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Get a taste of Italy in Milwaukee, watch champion water skiers and more Midwest events," 1 July 2019 Clark County Public Health officials still recommend that Fourth of July visitors still not swim or water ski in parts of the lake that have visible scum and that no one drink the water at all. oregonlive.com, "Don’t swim in Vancouver Lake, health officials say," 12 July 2019

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First Known Use of water ski

1927, in the meaning defined above

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water ski


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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