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[skid-wey] /ˈskɪdˌweɪ/
a road or path formed of logs, planks, etc., for sliding objects.
a platform, usually inclined, for piling logs to be sawed or to be loaded onto a vehicle.
Origin of skidway
An Americanism dating back to 1875-80; skid + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When Tom returned from the skidway he smiled and shook his head in answer to the question in Grace's eyes.

  • Sheridan mouthed his cigar, and the two turned into a skidway.

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • Nobody knows better nor Rough Shan hisself who put them logs on our skidway, he declared with a tremendous oath.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • Practically the only 80 wood in the construction was that employed in the skidway.

  • In that case it must be cut into short billets and rolled, as a cant-hook man rolls a log down a skidway.

    Forest Neighbors William Davenport Hulbert
  • At the second skidway one of the sawyers slapped a stick of timber.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • By the skidway in the Puget Sound region is meant a corduroy road.

    Handwork in Wood William Noyes
  • Thorpe happened by the skidway just as Long Pine arrived with a log.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • Nevertheless, after finishing conscientiously skidway number one, he moved on to skidway number two.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • He swarmed all over the skidway, rapid and absorbed, in strange contrast of activity to the slower power of the actual skidding.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for skidway


noun (mainly US & Canadian)
a platform on which logs ready for sawing are piled
a track made of logs for rolling objects along
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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