- 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.
To skid is to move or slide because of a loss of traction, or to decline or deteriorate.
- 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 of skidEarly ModE, probably from Old Norse skith: see ski
transitive verbskid′ded, skid′ding
- 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
be on the skids
Slang to be on the decline or downgrade; meet with failure
put the skids under
Slang to thwart or cause to fail
- The action 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.
- Informal a. A period of sharp decline or repeated losses: Bad economic news sent the markets into a skid. The win ended the team's four-game skid.b. skids A path to ruin or failure: His career hit the skids. Her life is now on the skids.
verbskid·ded, skid·ding, skids
- To slide, especially roughly or heavily: The crate broke loose and skidded across the slanting deck.
- a. To slide sideways while moving because of loss of traction: The truck skidded on a patch of ice.b. To slide from forward momentum, especially during an attempt to stop: braked hard and skidded to a stop. See Synonyms at slide.
- To move sideways in a turn because of insufficient banking. Used of an airplane.
- Informal To fall or decline sharply: “That news immediately sent bonds skidding to new lows” ( Wall Street Journal )
- To brake (a wheel) with a skid.
- To haul on a skid or skids.
Origin of skidPerhaps of Scandinavian origin
- An out-of-control sliding motion as would result from applying the brakes too hard in a car.
- Just before hitting the guardrail the driver was able to regain control and pull out of the skid.
- A shoe or clog, as of iron, attached to a chain, and placed under the wheel of a wagon to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill; a drag; a skidpan.
- (by extension) A hook attached to a chain, used for the same purpose.
- A piece of timber or other material used as a support, or to receive pressure.
- A runner of a sled.
- In the hours before daylight he sharpened the skids and tightened the lashings to prepare for the long dogsled journey.
- A ski-shaped runner or supporting surface as found on a helicopter or other aircraft in place of wheels.
- Due to frequent arctic travel, the plane was equipped with long skids for snow and ice landings.
- A basic platform for the storage and transport of goods, machinery or equipment, later developed into the pallet.
- He unloaded six skids of boxes from the truck.
- (nautical, in the plural) Large fenders hung over a vessel's side to protect it when handling cargo.
- One of a pair of horizontal rails or timbers for supporting anything, such as a boat or barrel.
- A runner of a sled.
(third-person singular simple present skids, present participle skidding, simple past and past participle skidded)
- (intransitive) To slide in an uncontrolled manner as in a car with the brakes applied too hard.
- They skidded around the corner and accelerated up the street.
- To protect or support with a skid or skids.
- To cause to move on skids.
- To check or halt (wagon wheels, etc.) with a skid.