- 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 skidded
Contemporary Examples of skidded
A child was killed when one of its 737s skidded off a runway in Chicago in icy conditions and struck a car.Why Planes Fall Apart
April 2, 2011
Last December a Continental 737 taking off from Denver aborted at the last second and, in icy conditions, skidded into a ravine.What to Know About Airline Safety Records
August 24, 2009
Historical Examples of skidded
I went racing, but a half mile north I skidded into the ditch.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
As we came in, we found we had a belly landing on our hands, so we skidded her in.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
He skidded and fell, and had to run at a slower pace to keep his footing.The Status Civilization
His foot hit some of the rubble on the ground at the last second, and he skidded.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
One piece of it skidded away, clattered down into the depths.It Could Be Anything
John Keith Laumer
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