- To skid is to move or slide because of a loss of traction, or to decline or deteriorate.
- When your car goes out of control on a patch of ice and starts slipping along the road, this is an example of a time when you skid.
- If you go too fast on a patch of ice and cause your car to slip out of control, this is an example of a time when you skid your car.
- If the sales of a company go down from 100 units a month to 5 units a month, this is an example of a time when the sales figures skid.
skid definition by Webster's New World
- ☆ a plank, log, etc., often one of a pair or set, used as a support or as a track upon which to slide or roll a heavy object
- a low, movable wooden platform for holding loads or stacks
- a runner used in place of a wheel on aircraft landing gear
- a sliding wedge or drag used to check the motion of a vehicle by pressure against a wheel
- the act of skidding
Origin: Early Modern English probably ; from Old Norse skith: see ski
transitive verb skidded, skidding
- to brake or lock (a wheel) with a skid
- to support with or slide on a skid or skids
- ☆ to haul, roll, or drag (logs) along a special track or trail, as through a forest
- to cause (a wheel, vehicle, etc.) to slide or slip
- to slide without turning, as a wheel when skids or brakes are applied on a slippery surface
- to slide or slip sideways, as a vehicle when not gripping the road on ice
- to slide sharply downward
- Aeron. to slide outward while turning, as a result of failing to bank sufficiently
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- skidder noun
skid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- The act of sliding or slipping over a surface, often sideways.
- a. A plank, log, or timber, usually one of a pair, used as a support or as a track for sliding or rolling heavy objects.b. A pallet for loading or handling goods, especially one having solid sideboards and no bottom.c. One of several logs or timbers forming a skid road.
- skids Nautical A wooden framework attached to the side of a ship to prevent damage, as when unloading.
- A shoe or drag applying pressure to a wheel to brake a vehicle.
- A runner in the landing gear of certain aircraft.
- skids Slang A path to ruin or failure: His career hit the skids. Her life is now on the skids.
- To slide sideways while moving because of loss of traction: The truck skidded on a patch of ice. See Synonyms at slide.
- To slide without revolving: wheels skidding on oily pavement.
- To move sideways in a turn because of insufficient banking. Used of an airplane.
- To brake (a wheel) with a skid.
- To haul on a skid or skids.
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.
skid - Phrases/Idioms
be on the skidsor be hit the skidsâ
Slang to be on the decline or downgrade; meet with failure
put the skids toor put the skids underâ
Slang to thwart or cause to fail