ski

or skee

[skee]
verb (used without object), skied, ski·ing.
  1. to travel on skis, as for sport.
verb (used with object), skied, ski·ing.
  1. to use skis on; travel on skis over: to ski the slopes of Switzerland.

Origin of ski

1745–55; < Norwegian; Old Norse skīth; cognate with Old English scīd strip of wood, German Scheit thin board
Related formsski·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ski

Contemporary Examples of ski

  • Ski resorts are a business, and one that can be quite fickle—a bad snow season means poor revenues.

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    Solar Powered Ski Lift

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    November 24, 2014

  • Berkshire East ski resort near the Vermont border, which has 44 trails, has taken this power-production drive a step further.

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    Solar Powered Ski Lift

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    November 24, 2014

  • For aesthetic reasons, ski resort operators try to limit the noise and infrastructure associated with producing power.

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    Solar Powered Ski Lift

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    November 24, 2014

  • But only recently did this dispute spread to the lily-white slopes of a Montana ski resort.

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    A Racist’s Crazy Ski Resort Smackdown

    James Kirchick

    October 18, 2014

  • Ninety minutes later, Scheunemann told the organizers of the ski club about the chairlift incident.

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    A Racist’s Crazy Ski Resort Smackdown

    James Kirchick

    October 18, 2014

Historical Examples of ski

  • Unless you can ski very well, a jump like that's awfully dangerous.

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    Jane Abbott

  • 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.

  • Soon we will swim in the pools and ski on the slopes of virtual reality.

  • Tournaments were held for ski, rifle-shooting, yachting, and other sports.

    Through Finland in Carts

    Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie


British Dictionary definitions for ski

ski

noun plural skis or ski
    1. 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
    2. (as modifier)a ski boot
  1. a water-ski
verb skis, skiing, skied or ski'd
  1. (intr) to travel on skis
Derived Formsskiable, adjectiveskier, nounskiing, noun

Word Origin for ski

C19: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skith snowshoes; related to Old English scīd piece of split wood
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Word Origin and History for ski
n.

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.

v.

1885, from ski (n.). Related: Skied; skiing.

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