Definition of skid in English:



  • 1[no object] (of a vehicle) slide, typically sideways or obliquely, on slippery ground or as a result of stopping or turning too quickly.

    ‘the taxicab skidded to a halt’
    • ‘It is understood that the vehicle skidded after avoiding a car involved in another accident, mounted the verge and became impaled on a pole projecting from a crash barrier.’
    • ‘The bike was skidding sideways, and it slammed into the branch.’
    • ‘Behind him, a car skidded to a halt and seconds later someone ran up behind him.’
    • ‘Traffic came to a standstill for around 22 minutes near Ulsoor Lake after a truck skidded and collided with a tourist bus on the slippery stretch.’
    • ‘His bike skidded sideways and hit the road divider.’
    • ‘Seven other accidents were also reported on the A59 in the Hessay area, with vehicles skidding into ditches.’
    • ‘Subsequently, the vehicle skidded off the road and fell into the deep gorge.’
    • ‘Your Honour, it is objective evidence that whilst the vehicle was skidding, it was on its correct side of the road.’
    • ‘The vehicle started skidding and pulled off a u-turn.’
    • ‘Drivers compete by taking sharp turns on oval tracks that leave their cars skidding sideways.’
    • ‘Naturally, the car was hit by the bus and the car skidded onto the pavement.’
    • ‘Through blurred eyes he watched helplessly as the bike skidded across the ground towards the tanker, sending a shower of sparks shooting up into the cold air as it scraped along the surface of the road.’
    • ‘Everybody on board was hurt when the vehicle skidded across a two-lane highway 30 miles west of Tonopah, Nevada.’
    • ‘The car skidded to a halt, and the suited policemen stepped out, hands touching their guns lightly.’
    • ‘The vehicle skidded and collided with the interstate guard rail.’
    • ‘When the car skidded to a halt in front of the High School, her mother grabbed her wrist.’
    • ‘Brown, who is based at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster, identified himself as the driver and said his vehicle skidded on the wet road.’
    • ‘The vehicle skidded off to the side of the road, and Aruna saw a chance.’
    • ‘The car skidded to a halt on the currently empty street.’
    • ‘Theo slammed on the brakes, and the car skidded sideways into the road.’
    glide, move lightly, slide, sail, plane, scud, skate, float, coast
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    1. 1.1Slip; slide.
      ‘Barbara's foot skidded, and she fell to the floor’
      • ‘Russ skidded as he fell again and slammed into a wall.’
      • ‘I slipped and skidded as I made my way to my compartment.’
      • ‘Four steps from the bottom, my left foot skidded out from under me, and before I knew it, I was face down on the dressing room floor.’
      • ‘I lost my sword, and I fell over backwards, skidding on my shoulders.’
      • ‘His expression then changed to one of surprise as his feet skidded out from under him and he landed next to her, flat on his face.’
      • ‘They all tried to halt quickly with their hands raised when they slipped and skidded on the floor.’
      • ‘One of the Cooper girls, Claire, goes skidding past us and slips.’
      • ‘The raider's feet skidded in mud as he tried to brake, but it was far too late.’
      • ‘Begin your powder turn and then instead of hitting your edges hard to carve a turn, stand up on two feet and let your skis slide or skid diagonally across the fall line.’
      • ‘The runners slipped and skidded across the ice, screeching vociferously.’
      • ‘His legs scraped against the brick wall of the house, shoes slipping and skidding as he scampered his way up and out.’
      • ‘I skidded, slipped, cursed, crashed, and generally regressed one full level in ability.’
      • ‘As I went to fetch the ball, I slipped and went skidding on my hands and knees.’
      • ‘Realising that she had to get to the hospital she dashed across the muddy grass, her feet skidding on the dampness.’
      • ‘Her bare feet skidded and slid over the dirt, sandals long since broken in the fight.’
      • ‘His left foot skidded, and then he was tumbling.’
      • ‘Jack's feet nearly skidded out from under him on the heavily polished wood floor.’
      • ‘I slip and slide and skid and bump into things even in the best of weather.’
      • ‘Her feet skidded slightly as she tried to change her direction, nearly knocking her onto her back.’
      slide, skid, slither, glide
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    2. 1.2[with object]Cause to skid.
      ‘he skidded his car’
      • ‘Upon reaching the door Zeo skidded the car to a stop.’
      • ‘Just as I began to think that Harvey would only stop when his car ran out of gas, the man skidded his car to a halt at the base of a building under construction.’
      • ‘Just two days after buying his car he skidded it on black ice on a major road and wrote it off.’
      • ‘He skidded the car to a stop at her last words, and she flung herself out of the car and started making her way towards the brush.’
    3. 1.3North American [with object]Move a heavy object on skids.
      ‘they skidded the logs down the hill to the waterfront’
      • ‘When skidding logs back to roadside, Heisler is looking behind him about 90% of the time.’
      • ‘The horses also pull the farm's ‘truck,’ an antique box wagon, and skid logs for firewood out of the woods.’
      • ‘We would skid the logs to roadside with horses, and then they were hauled to the lake where they were boomed, and a tugboat would take them to the mill.’
    4. 1.4Decline; deteriorate.
      ‘its shares have skidded 29% since March’
  • 2[with object] Fasten a skid to (a wheel) as a brake.


  • 1An act of skidding or sliding.

    ‘the Volvo went into a skid’
    • ‘Similar studies to those in Holland were carried out in the United Kingdom and the results were used to develop a skid resistance specification based on investigatory levels.’
    • ‘We had some skids and accidents, but thankfully no injuries.’
    • ‘All Crash's renowned moves have returned, including the spin attack, the body slam and the slide skid.’
    • ‘An undignified skid and a few slides later found him at the entrance to the parlor, where the voices had retreated to.’
    • ‘The skid steering allows for on-the-spot-turning.’
    • ‘But when I tried to steer into the skid I oversteered and started going round the other way.’
    • ‘Ouellette and his team specialize in teaching drivers advanced techniques for handling such things as skids, blowouts, unusual weather and collision avoidance.’
    • ‘Steer control induces a resistance in the steering, encouraging the driver to steer away from the resistance and so, out of the skid or slide.’
    • ‘He cascaded down the hall, sliding on the damp ground and coming to a skid in front of a door.’
    • ‘This feature enables the car to react in potentially dangerous situations more effectively and avoid skids.’
    • ‘There will be skids and tumbles, but it is all part of the fun.’
    • ‘Substances such as diesel and liquid soap are poured on the road to facilitate skids, wheelspins, and other manoeuvres.’
    • ‘Previous to the traffic work, we'd occasionally hear a skid once a week or so, and now it's nearly a daily occurrence.’
    • ‘He believed Mrs Letch probably tried to correct the skid but in doing so steered squarely into the path of the oncoming car.’
    • ‘The average skid resistance results are given in Figure 4.’
    • ‘If you start to hydroplane, don't brake suddenly or turn the wheel, or you might spin into a skid.’
    • ‘You would think a couple of skids and spins would teach him, but no!’
    • ‘The noise startled him, and he slid into a side skid.’
    • ‘Tasks during the series include reversing trailers, parallel parking, handling skids and reacting to people and objects on the road.’
    fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm
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  • 2A runner attached to the underside of an aircraft for use when landing on snow or grass.

    • ‘The shuttle's hatches slammed open before the landing skids even touched the ground.’
    • ‘Hovering only inches above the water, Sergeant Chip Sunier clambered out to the chopper's landing skids and plucked baby Alias to safety.’
    • ‘The skids once again left the runway, allowing the tiny aircraft to bounce its way higher and higher into sustained forward flight.’
    • ‘We taxied up to the head of the lake, turned around and roared back, but had to abort when we were three-quarters down the lake and our skids hadn't left the water.’
    • ‘They reached the surface and extended their landing skids.’
    • ‘A metre below the skids of the aircraft was the ledge onto which we were to leap, and below that was a sheer 100-metre drop into what from the air looked like an otherwise inaccessible canyon.’
    • ‘I gently fed power to the hover coils and, as the SAP eased off the ground, retracted the landing skids.’
    1. 2.1North American Each of a set of wooden rollers used for moving a log or other heavy object.
      • ‘He constructed very long, rough wooden skids which he assembled into semi-geometric structures.’
      • ‘I put skids under it for ease of movement.’
      • ‘Skid steer loaders are used to dig and move landscaping and building materials.’
      • ‘The lumber coming off the saw is bundled and tagged and stacked on a skid.’
      • ‘Unmarked crates, heavy machinery, and piles upon piles of empty skids filled the most of it.’
  • 3A braking device consisting of a wooden or metal shoe preventing a wheel from revolving.

  • 4A beam or plank used to support a ship under construction or repair.

    • ‘It had a shorter hinged shoulder support plate and a skid type bipod.’
    • ‘Contrast that with a gas turbine, which is shipped on a skid and essentially needs only to be hooked up.’


Late 17th century (as a noun in the sense supporting beam): perhaps related to Old Norse skíth (see ski).