[ skid-wey ]

  1. a road or path formed of logs, planks, etc., for sliding objects.

  2. a platform, usually inclined, for piling logs to be sawed or to be loaded onto a vehicle.

Origin of skidway

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; skid + way1

Words Nearby skidway Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use skidway in a sentence

  • Finally in looking over a skidway he noticed that one log had not been blue-pencilled across the end.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • The following day he culled a log in another and distant skidway whose butt showed a slant of a good six inches.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • The day following he culled another of the same sort on still another skidway.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • Nevertheless, after finishing conscientiously skidway number one, he moved on to skidway number two.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • Some distance above the river the slope was gradual, and it was necessary to haul the logs to the skidway he had built.

    The Girl From Keller's | Harold Bindloss

British Dictionary definitions for skidway


/ (ˈskɪdˌweɪ) /

nounmainly US and Canadian
  1. a platform on which logs ready for sawing are piled

  2. a track made of logs for rolling objects along

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