Definition of ski in English:

ski

noun

  • 1Each of a pair of long, narrow pieces of hard, flexible material, typically pointed and turned up at the front, fastened under the feet for travelling over snow:

    ‘a pair of skis’
    ‘neither of them had ever been on skis before’
    • ‘She also donned her first pair of skis only a month after she mastered walking.’
    • ‘When I finally pulled myself together, I had decided to exchange my snowboard for a pair of skis, something I would feel comfortable on.’
    • ‘Among the strange contents of the vessel, which was towed to Sanday, were two swords, a pair of skis and a helmet.’
    • ‘The stronger and more technically proficient a skier is, the stiffer the ski can be.’
    • ‘A search for a pair of advanced skis for a week in February at Les Deux Alpes pulled up eight options, the best costing £60.’
    • ‘Snowshoes allow you to go places you couldn't go on skis - even cross-country skis - or even on foot.’
    • ‘I have never been on a pair of skis in my entire life.’
    • ‘He's wearing lightweight ski boots and a pair of alpine touring skis.’
    • ‘At present the team is covering about 13 miles a day on foot and skis and they are hoping to reach their destination in about 60 days.’
    • ‘Walk into any ski shop these days, looking for a new pair of skis, and you'll be greeted by a blizzard of colour, shape and terminology.’
    • ‘Downhillers can rent skis or a snowboard at the Como Ski Center in St. Paul.’
    • ‘There are a dozen lifts, and - surprisingly - more than 1000 pairs of rental skis.’
    • ‘In my experience, the fit of the ski is not nearly as important as whether you have a good pair of skis.’
    • ‘If all that sounds good, then grab a pair of cross-country skis.’
    • ‘Skiers pay the equivalent of 3kg excess for a pair of skis.’
    • ‘Neither of the fundraisers have even put on a pair of skis or salopettes, but they intend to glide down the slopes with ease in the 26 mile event.’
    • ‘Rick Sylvester donned skis for the breathtaking ski jump that has been ranked among the ten best stunts ever captured on film.’
    • ‘Now, my father-in-law can't even strap on a pair of cross-country skis for there is not enough snow to ski on!’
    • ‘I hope you are not going to ask for a new pair of skis too.’
    • ‘If you own waxless skis, try a pair of waxable skis on a day when it is below freezing.’
    1. 1.1 A ski-like device fitted to the underside of a vehicle or aircraft to enable it to travel or land on snow or ice.
      • ‘The skis get hot, and when the aircraft stops the skis can stick to the ice.’
      • ‘These one- or two-passenger vehicles attached to three skis had an enclosed cab and a small airplane engine mounted on the rear.’
      • ‘The machine took flight and landed on its skis and continued to be piloted by some unseen force toward a cropping of baby trees further down the slope.’
      • ‘The starboard ski did a backward somersault over the tail section just as Mike and his crew had feared.’
    2. 1.2[as modifier] Relating to or used for skiing:
      ‘a ski instructor’
      ‘ski boots’
      • ‘Afri-Ski is a new ski resort, situated in northern Lesotho and promises to be the biggest and most modern ski resort yet in southern Africa.’
      • ‘Montebelluna is a small town in the foothills of the Italian Alps and is home to a number of companies that make hiking shoes, ski boots and in-line skates.’
      • ‘The new Mayor of Clitheroe is retired ski instructor and former Clitheroe Chamber of Trade secretary Joan Knight.’
      • ‘It is also an outstanding, if rather different, ski resort and one which will always have a place in my heart.’
      • ‘Investments that have been made in winter tourism are transforming Bulgarian resorts into ski centres that are attractive to European tourists.’
      • ‘On my first day skiing at La Molina, Spain's oldest ski resort, I got a fantastic view across the Pyrenean foothills to the shores of the Mediterranean 60 miles away.’
      • ‘They became ski instructors, and to earn a few extra bucks, Miller took photos and drew cartoons of wealthy skiers he met on the slopes.’
      • ‘Twenty inches of snow was dumped on the Lake Tahoe ski resort just in time for one of the busiest weekends of the season.’
      • ‘A further 60 yuan will buy you a lesson with one of the site's five ski instructors.’
      • ‘The golf and ski resort on Lake Cascade is in the permitting stages and construction is set to begin this spring.’
      • ‘It already has the world's most luxurious guesthouse, the biggest artificial island and the largest indoor ski resort.’
      • ‘A number of large, world-class ski resorts call Lake Tahoe home.’
      • ‘Heavy snow brought life almost to a standstill at South Africa's only ski resort, Tiffindell, in the Eastern Cape.’
      • ‘Unlike the other two major ski resorts, Borovets and Pamporovo, which have been specially developed as ski resorts, Bansko is a town with centuries of history.’
      • ‘He then did a three-month, £9,000, ski instructor course in Canada, paid for by his parents.’
      • ‘This new ski resort opened in 1994 and offers great views of Lake Inawashiro and Mt. Bandai, as well as great facilities and lots of quality runs.’
      • ‘You will find Freeskiers in the terrain parks that almost every ski resort in North America has created over the last 2 years.’
      • ‘There are more than 200 ski instructors in Borovets who take care of skiing classes separated in five difficulty levels.’
      • ‘Despite the lessons learnt from Thredbo, the New South Wales Government is pushing ahead with more ski resort development in the National Park at Perisher.’
      • ‘The inland mountains are also said to have potential for ski resorts.’
    3. 1.3
      another term for waterski
      • ‘Mr Fieldhouse said the next protest was planned for May Day, when families would be invited to wakesurf, water-ski on wide skis and ‘break the by-law’.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Travel over snow on skis; take part in the sport or recreation of skiing:

    ‘they skied down the mountain’
    • ‘The cold wind felt good on my face as I skied down with Hayden.’
    • ‘He introduced him to skiing, which evolved into snow boarding, a sport that Alex loves.’
    • ‘Some of us skied fast, and some sat in the snow eating their picnic lunches.’
    • ‘Her favourite sport is skiing, and as a student she often cycled to class.’
    • ‘Before you skied such terrain, did you know it was possible?’
    • ‘He also skied to the South Pole last year.’
    • ‘At night, you can ski down through the town to the front door.’
    • ‘I have skied and taught through most of the innovations in our equipment and changes in our skiing technique.’
    • ‘Most headed to big resorts on the Black Sea, but some traveled to the mountains to ski or hike.’
    • ‘He sold the business to Nationwide in 1997 in an undisclosed multimillion pound deal before taking time out to travel and ski.’
    • ‘In fact, I love it, even though I don't ski, snowboard or do any winter sports that involve going outside.’
    • ‘On his 70th birthday, he spent six hours downhill skiing.’
    • ‘They told me I wasn't going to ski again.’
    • ‘As I ski the trail in the quiet evening I realize that I share this trail with many others.’
    • ‘When skiing downhill the bindings are locked, and skins and crampons removed.’
    • ‘The French don't ski up and down slopes, they ski across mountain ranges.’
    • ‘Apart from mountain biking on Vitosha, he learnt to ski here and has enjoyed two winter sports seasons, although he nearly broke his knee last year.’
    • ‘They can drive quicker, they can ski down a mountain quicker, or ride up a mountain quicker.’
    1. 1.1[with object] Ski on (a particular ski run or type of snow):
      ‘off-piste spring snow is easy to ski’
      • ‘With lots of practice these two easy drills can help you to overcome any hesitation to ski icy slopes.’
      • ‘She skied two runs on the Thursday night before the race and said it was fine.’
      • ‘Not so long ago, I took a cable-car from Cervinia to Plan Maison and spent the day with the baby while the rest of my family skied the prepared pistes.’
      • ‘Here, you can ski the steep terrain at your leisure, always stopping to enjoy the views, and then coming out again at night for some night skiing.’
      • ‘The following year, I hopped an airplane to Ottawa and skied the Canadian Keskinada.’
      • ‘The 25-year-old Scot had never skied the Bormio piste before this week and the Edinburgh-based skier has only had two training runs on the treacherous slope.’
      • ‘Men skied two laps of 2km each and women skied two laps of 1km.’
      • ‘For seven days we climbed and skied perfect corn snow, sunbathed by the pool, and languished in the hot tub.’
      • ‘I look forward to skiing the entire course one day and may just tackle the marathon next year.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skíth billet, snowshoe.

Pronunciation:

ski

/skiː/