\ 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 skid (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for skid

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of skid in a Sentence

Noun The car hit a patch of ice and went into a skid. This victory ends a five-game skid. Verb 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 The Broncos haven’t scored an opening-drive touchdown in 21 games under second-year offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, and their skid of 24 games without one is the longest current streak in the NFL. Mark Heim |, al, 17 Oct. 2021 The big rivalry game between Trinity and St. Xavier has been played and the Tigers snap their losing skid to the Shamrocks. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2021 Can Daniel Jones and company win on the road to end their skid? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 The Lions had not won since Dec. 23, 2007, and their skid matched the second longest in NFL history. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 The Orioles also won for the fifth time in 11 games following their 19-game skid. Larry Fleisher, ajc, 5 Sep. 2021 Aaron Judge hit his 30th homer and Luke Voit had a two-run single for the Yankees, who had won 13 straight before their skid. Greg Beacham,, 2 Sep. 2021 This time the Cubs not only reached the record but surpassed it with 13 straight losses at Wrigley Field, their longest home skid in 105 years of playing at the corner of Clark and Addison. Paul Sullivan,, 1 Sep. 2021 His Orioles are on a 19-game losing streak, their second skid lasting beyond a fortnight. Nathan Ruiz,, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remember what your drivers ed teacher told you about pumping the brakes when your car starts to skid? Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, 7 July 2021 Down a set and tied at three games apiece in the second, Sock's forehand appeared to skid off the baseline, yet was called out by the chair as there are no baseline judges at this event -- not the norm at a majority of Challenger events. Mitchell Gladstone, Arkansas Online, 5 June 2021 The video then shows the car, engulfed in flames, skid to a stop as the tunnel fills with smoke. Tim Harlow, Star Tribune, 19 Apr. 2021 Then, the Cardinals began to skid, struggling to find enough defense to support freshman quarterback Cameron Ward and a record-setting offense. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Apr. 2021 These systems work by detecting when a vehicle has begun to skid, and get it back into line by briefly applying brakes at specific individual wheels. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 21 Mar. 2021 Almirola bobbled and turned right into pole-winner Alex Bowman; their contact causing others — among them Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Ryan Newman, and Kurt Busch — to spin and skid through grass and mud. Liz Clarke,, 14 Feb. 2021 Buffalo snapped an 0-6 postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. John Wawrow, ajc, 9 Jan. 2021 Hyde batted down Philip Rivers’ desperation pass as time ran out in helping Buffalo snap a six-game postseason skid by winning its first playoff game since a 37-22 win over Miami on Dec. 30, 1995. John Wawrow,, 9 Jan. 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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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
: 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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