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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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  • By the skidway in the Puget Sound region is meant a corduroy road.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes
  • Only the Beaver has no cant-hook to help him, and no skidway, either.

    Forest Neighbors

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

    The Promise James B. Hendryx
  • Practically the only 80 wood in the construction was that employed in the skidway.

  • At the second skidway one of the sawyers slapped a stick of timber.

    The Boss of Wind River David Goodger (
  • Thorpe happened by the skidway just as Long Pine arrived with a log.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • 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 (
  • 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
  • Then the travoy took its careful way across the ice to where a dip in the shore gave access to a skidway.

    The Blazed Trail Stewart Edward White
  • 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
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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