- 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.
Origin of skid
Synonyms for skid
Examples from the Web for skid
Contemporary Examples of skid
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
September 26, 2014
I did think you had to end up on skid row if you were an alcoholic.Elmore Leonard’s Rocky Road to Fame and Fortune
September 13, 2014
Today Skid Row resembles a Third World tent city teeming with sleeping bags, shopping carts, and people with nowhere else to go.
But today Skid Row is in the news—for all the wrong reasons.
The remaining 18 presumably “had contact with the patients in Skid Row,” said Fielding.L.A. Hunts for 300 Missing Tuberculosis Cases
March 1, 2013
Historical Examples of skid
The skid at which he had pointed was loaded with cases of M504 submachine guns.The Cosmic Computer
Henry Beam Piper
Why, man alive, Skid's one of the chaps that's runnin' your old gent's trust.
Skid he flushes some behind the ears; but he only bows and says he's much obliged.
They're givin' a farewell dinner dance for her, and Skid is on the list.
"I'm getting twenty-five a week," says Skid, lookin' him straight between the eyes.
verb skids, skidding or skidded
Word Origin for skid
c.1600, "beam or plank on which something rests," especially on which something heavy can be rolled from place to place (1782), of uncertain origin, probably from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse skið "stick of wood" (see ski (n.)). As "a sliding along" from 1890; specifically of motor vehicles from 1903. Skid-mark is from 1914.
In the timber regions of the American West, skids laid down one after another to form a road were "a poor thing for pleasure walks, but admirably adapted for hauling logs on the ground with a minimum of friction" ["Out West" magazine, October 1903]. A skid as something used to facilitate downhill motion led to figurative phrases such as hit the skids "go into rapid decline" (1909), and cf. skid row.
1670s, "apply a skid to (a wheel, to keep it from turning)," from skid (n.). Meaning "slide along" first recorded 1838; extended sense of "slip sideways" (on a wet road, etc.) first recorded 1884. The original notion is of a block of wood for stopping a wheel; the modern senses are from the notion of a wheel slipping when blocked from revolving.
In addition to the idiom beginning with skid
- skid row
- on the skids
- put the skids on
- put the skids under