\ 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 pluralthe 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 skidproof (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 Mike Wilkinson secures a stack of wooden pipeline skids onto his trailer at a site near Midland, Texas, May 21, 2019. Randy Diamond,, "Railroad Commission punts decision on cutting Texas oil production," 21 Apr. 2020 While forests are greener, reservoirs are fuller and widespread water restrictions are gone, many believe the past few years, which saw pretty decent rainfall, were just a blip on a troubling, long-term skid into drier times. Taylor Kate Brown,, "Bay Briefing: One month at home," 17 Apr. 2020 But with a chance to grab a share of the Big East regular-season title, the Golden Eagles lost at Villanova, 67-61, precipitating a late-season skid. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "After getting routed in its Big East opener, Marquette has to prepare for Villanova," 3 Jan. 2020 Medical supplies including 1000 ventilators, and skids of boxed face masks were delivered by China Cargo and Asiana Saturday April 4th. NBC News, "Massachusetts prisons locked down after inmate deaths," 5 Apr. 2020 The Jets, who were 6-5 entering the game, went on a 4-32 skid that went through the end of the 1996 season. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Greatest trick plays in NFL history, from Philly Special to Dan Marino's fake spike," 1 Apr. 2020 The crisis continued to cause economic panic, with the Dow Jones industrial average reaching bear-market territory on a nearly 1,500-point skid amid fears of recession. Anchorage Daily News, "Coronavirus now a global pandemic as U.S., world, scramble to control outbreak," 12 Mar. 2020 The Warriors had three losing skids of at least six games, including a nine-game drought in January and February that dropped the team to 24 games under .500 before the All-Star break. Rusty Simmons,, "Warriors’ struggles this season are familiar to Steph Curry," 5 Mar. 2020 Officer Lysack met with the reportee who stated unknown suspects stole two skid steer mounted concrete breakers from the construction site. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Dutch Harbor has been struggling with scheduled air service since Ravn’s accident last October, when a Saab 2000 operated by a subsidiary skidded off the runway, killing one passenger. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Here’s how airlines and cargo carriers in Alaska are responding to disruptions from coronavirus," 11 Apr. 2020 Eight inmates and two corrections officers died when a prison bus skidded off an icy West Texas highway, slid down an embankment and collided with a passing freight train., "Today in History," 14 Jan. 2020 Last week, six people were killed in the city of Noida, near New Delhi, after their car skidded off the road. New York Times, "India Cold Wave Breaks Records, Shuts Schools and Makes Bad Air Worse," 1 Jan. 2020 MOSCOW — Nineteen passengers died when a bus skidded off a bridge in Russia's far east on Sunday and plunged into a river, local government said. NBC News, "Bus plunges into frozen river in Russia, killing 19," 2 Dec. 2019 Now, with the US expected to skid into a recession, people may be spending less on premium dairy products. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Covid-19 has the US cheese and milk industries on the brink," 6 Apr. 2020 Frost is grappling with lower profit forecasts and skidding crude prices, which have hurt banks with exposure in the oil patch. Patrick Danner,, "Bear market takes another bite out of San Antonio-area companies," 13 Mar. 2020 Newman’s car continued to skid upside down along the speedway and crossed the finish line in flames as safety crews hurried to snuff out the fire and cut Newman loose. Mark Heim |, al, "Watch Ryan Newman walk out of hospital with daughters, released two days after Daytona 500 crash," 19 Feb. 2020 His car flipped, rolled, was hit on the driver’s side by another car, and finally skidded across the finish line in flames. Jenna Fryer,, "Denny Hamlin repeats as Daytona 500 champ; Ryan Newman in scary crash," 17 Feb. 2020

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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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3 May 2020

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“Skid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2020.

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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
US, sports : 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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