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