- one of a pair of long, slender runners made of wood, plastic, or metal used in gliding over snow.
- water ski.
- to travel on skis, as for sport.
- to use skis on; travel on skis over: to ski the slopes of Switzerland.
Origin of ski
Examples from the Web for ski
Ski resorts are a business, and one that can be quite fickle—a bad snow season means poor revenues.
Berkshire East ski resort near the Vermont border, which has 44 trails, has taken this power-production drive a step further.
For aesthetic reasons, ski resort operators try to limit the noise and infrastructure associated with producing power.
But only recently did this dispute spread to the lily-white slopes of a Montana ski resort.
Ninety minutes later, Scheunemann told the organizers of the ski club about the chairlift incident.
Unless you can ski very well, a jump like that's awfully dangerous.Highacres
The shoulder blade of a walrus fastened to a ski served as spade.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
One of my ski had finished the hill-shoot 'on its own,' and lay on the level far below.Chatterbox, 1906
Soon we will swim in the pools and ski on the slopes of virtual reality.The Civilization of Illiteracy
Tournaments were held for ski, rifle-shooting, yachting, and other sports.Through Finland in Carts
Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
- one of a pair of wood, metal, or plastic runners that are used for gliding over snow. Skis are commonly attached to shoes for sport, but may also be used as landing gear for aircraft, etc
- (as modifier)a ski boot
- a water-ski
- (intr) to travel on skis
Word Origin and History for ski
1883 (there is an isolated instance from 1755; in early use often spelled skee), from Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skið "long snowshoe," literally "stick of wood, firewood," cognate with Old English scid "stick of wood," obsolete English shide "piece of wood split off from timber;" Old High German skit, German Scheit "log," from Proto-Germanic *skid- "to divide, split," from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Ski-jumper is from 1894; ski bum first attested 1960; ski-mask is from 1963; noted as part of criminal disguises from 1968.