- 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
Example sentences from the Web for skid
Hot streaks or losing skids would also have more impact for teams playing fewer games.A switch to points percentage for NHL playoff seeding could cause chaos|Neil Greenberg|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
As they ended their skid, the Hoyas saw some trends turn in their favor.Back in action at last, Georgetown holds off Providence to snap its five-game skid|Kareem Copeland|January 30, 2021|Washington Post
A child was killed when one of its 737s skidded off a runway in Chicago in icy conditions and struck a car.
Behind them, in the far east corner of the square, large armored vans skidded and screeched their way out.
He said he spotted a deer in the road but it was too late—the minister swerved to miss it and the car skidded out.
Last December a Continental 737 taking off from Denver aborted at the last second and, in icy conditions, skidded into a ravine.
The revolver cracked, the piece of wood skidded on the surface of the water and there was no splash.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine|John Fox, Jr.
He skidded and fell, and had to run at a slower pace to keep his footing.The Status Civilization|Robert Sheckley
Lester flopped heavily, and skidded across the bottom of the 'drome.The Planet Strappers|Raymond Zinke Gallun
Too late; the wide-winged fighter skidded like a motorbus on a greasy road and fell into the clouds sideways.Tam O' The Scoots|Edgar Wallace
Then the motors shut off, and Mac skidded several feet up the ladder.Tight Squeeze|Dean Charles Ing
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