Pronunciation Noun

skid (plural skids)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. (by extension) A hook attached to a chain, used for the same purpose.
  4. A piece of timber or other material used as a support, or to receive pressure.
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. (nautical, in the plural) Large fenders hung over a vessel's side to protect it when handling cargo.
    5. One of a pair of horizontal rails or timbers for supporting anything, such as a boat or barrel.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: по́лоз
  • German: Kufe
  • Russian: по́лоз

skid (skids, present participle skidding; past and past participle skidded)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive) To protect or support with a skid or skids.
  3. (transitive) To cause to move on skids.
  4. (transitive) To check or halt (wagon wheels, etc.) with a skid.
Translations Noun

skid (plural skids)

  1. (internet slang) A stepchild.

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