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Meaning of skid

skid

Pronunciation: (skid), [key]
— n., v., skid•ded, skid•ding.
—n.
  1. a plank, bar, log, or the like, esp. one of a pair, on which something heavy may be slid or rolled along.
  2. one of a number of such logs or timbers forming a skidway.
  3. a low mobile platform on which goods are placed for ease in handling, moving, etc. Cf.
  4. a plank, log, low platform, etc., on or by which a load is supported.
    1. any of a number of parallel beams or timbers fixed in place as a raised support for boats, spars, etc.
    2. any of a number of timbers on which a heavy object is placed to be shoved along on rollers or slid.
    3. an arrangement of planks serving as a runway for cargo.
    4. an arrangement of planks serving as a fender to protect the side of a vessel during transfer of cargo.
    5. sidewise motion of a vessel; leeway.
  5. a shoe or some other choke or drag for preventing the wheel of a vehicle from rotating, as when descending a hill.
  6. a runner on the under part of some airplanes, enabling the aircraft to slide along the ground when landing.
  7. an unexpected or uncontrollable sliding on a smooth surface by something not rotating, esp. an oblique or wavering veering by a vehicle or its tires: The bus went into a skid on the icy road.
  8. in the process of decline or deterioration: His career is on the skids.
  9. to bring about the downfall of; cause to fail: Lack of money put the skids under our plans.
  10. the downward path to ruin, poverty, or depravity: After losing his job he began to hit the skids.
—v.t.
  1. to place on or slide along a skid.
  2. to check the motion of with a skid: She skidded her skates to a stop.
  3. to cause to go into a skid: to skid the car into a turn.
—v.i.
  1. to slide along without rotating, as a wheel to which a brake has been applied.
  2. to slip or slide sideways, as an automobile in turning a corner rapidly.
  3. to slide forward under the force of momentum after forward motion has been braked, as a vehicle.
  4. (of an airplane when not banked sufficiently) to slide sideways, away from the center of the curve described in turning. Cf. (def. 15).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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