- any of a number of parallel beams or timbers fixed in place as a raised support for boats, spars, etc.
- any of a number of timbers on which a heavy object is placed to be shoved along on rollers or slid.
- an arrangement of planks serving as a runway for cargo.
- an arrangement of planks serving as a fender to protect the side of a vessel during transfer of cargo.
- sidewise motion of a vessel; leeway.
verb (used with object), skid·ded, skid·ding.
verb (used without object), skid·ded, skid·ding.
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Idioms for skid
Origin of skid
OTHER WORDS FROM skidskid·ding·ly, adverban·ti·skid·ding, adjective
Words nearby skid
Example sentences from the Web for skid
Ditto if a pilot is setting up to toe the skid of a helicopter into an Alaskan face to unload skiers and the ten-knot headwind shifts to a ten-knot tailwind.
The Blackhawks looked like the early choice after a hot start — with over a 60 percent chance in early March — but a recent skid has coincided with a surge for the Nashville Predators, who seemed dead in the water early.
Downtown L.A. was basically just Skid Row back then, and we closed it down to shoot that shootout sequence.Tom Sizemore’s Revenge: On Tom Cruise’s Scientology Recruitment, Drugs, and Craving a Comeback|Marlow Stern|September 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I did think you had to end up on skid row if you were an alcoholic.
But today Skid Row is in the news—for all the wrong reasons.
Today Skid Row resembles a Third World tent city teeming with sleeping bags, shopping carts, and people with nowhere else to go.
If Ron Johnson was running any faster from the Tea Party he'd leave skid marks.
The blade wabbled, took a mad skid for the surface, and the handles hit me a blow in the ribs which knocked my breath out.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
They are goin' to skid the butt log again, and they swear that if you cull it again, they will kill you.Blazed Trail Stories|Stewart Edward White
The car went into a wild skid and Salt thereafter devoted his attention strictly to driving.
Though the driver applied the foot brake with quick stabs, the car went into a disastrous skid.
Got a sleigh fixed, hemlock boughs and a cover of robes and blankets, and Skid'll drive careful.
British Dictionary definitions for skid
verb skids, skidding or skidded
Derived forms of skidskiddy, adjective
Word Origin for skid
Idioms and Phrases with skid
In addition to the idiom beginning with skid
- skid row
- on the skids
- put the skids on
- put the skids under