1. The action of sliding or slipping over a surface, often sideways.
a. A plank, log, or timber, usually one of a pair, used as a support or as a track for sliding or rolling heavy objects.
b. A pallet for loading or handling goods, especially one having solid sideboards and no bottom.
c. One of several logs or timbers forming a skid road.
3. skids Nautical A wooden framework attached to the side of a ship to prevent damage, as when unloading.
4. A shoe or drag applying pressure to a wheel to brake a vehicle.
5. A runner in the landing gear of certain aircraft.
a. A period of sharp decline or repeated losses: Bad economic news sent the markets into a skid. The win ended the team's four-game skid.
b. skids A path to ruin or failure: His career hit the skids. Her life is now on the skids.
v. skid·ded, skid·ding, skids
1. To slide, especially roughly or heavily: The crate broke loose and skidded across the slanting deck.
a. To slide sideways while moving because of loss of traction: The truck skidded on a patch of ice.
To slide from forward momentum, especially during an attempt to stop: braked hard and skidded to a stop.
See Synonyms at slide
3. To move sideways in a turn because of insufficient banking. Used of an airplane.
4. Informal To fall or decline sharply: "That news immediately sent bonds skidding to new lows" (Wall Street Journal).
1. To brake (a wheel) with a skid.
2. To haul on a skid or skids.
[Perhaps of Scandinavian origin.]
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, skidding or skidded
1. (Automotive Engineering) to cause (a vehicle) to slide sideways or (of a vehicle) to slide sideways while in motion, esp out of control
2. (intr) to slide without revolving, as the wheel of a moving vehicle after sudden braking
3. (tr) US and Canadian to put or haul on a skid, esp along a special track
4. (Aeronautics) to cause (an aircraft) to slide sideways away from the centre of a turn when insufficiently banked or (of an aircraft) to slide in this manner
5. an instance of sliding, esp sideways
6. (Forestry) chiefly US and Canadian one of the logs forming a skidway
7. (General Engineering) a support on which heavy objects may be stored and moved short distances by sliding
8. (Automotive Engineering) a shoe or drag used to apply pressure to the metal rim of a wheel to act as a brake
9. on the skids in decline or about to fail
[C17: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare ski]
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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. a low mobile platform on which goods are placed for ease in handling, moving, etc.
3. a plank, log, low platform, etc., on or by which a load is supported.
4. a shoe or some other choke or drag for preventing the wheel of a vehicle from rotating, as when descending a hill.
5. an unexpected or uncontrollable slide on a smooth surface, esp. an oblique or wavering veer by a vehicle or its tires. v.t.
6. to place on or slide along a skid.
7. to check the motion of with a skid: She skidded her skates to a stop.
8. to cause to go into a skid: to skid the car into a turn. v.i.
9. to slide along without rotating, as a wheel to which a brake has been applied.
10. to slip or slide sideways, as an automobile in turning a corner rapidly.
11. to slide forward under the force of momentum after being braked, as a vehicle.
(of an airplane when not banked sufficiently) to slide sideways, away from the center of the curve described in turning. Compare slip 1 (def. 11).
13. to slip or slide; lose traction: feet skidding on icy pavement.
14. to falter or fail; decline. Idioms:
the skids, the downward path to ruin, failure, depravity, etc.
[1600–10; appar. ultimately < Old Norse skīth;
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When something slides, it moves smoothly over a surface.
Tears were sliding down his cheeks.
The past tense and past participle of slide is slid, not 'slided'.
The gate slid open at the push of a button.
You do not use 'slide' to describe the movement of a vehicle when its wheels move sideways on a wet or icy road. The word you use is skid.
The car moved forward, skidding on the loose snow.
We skidded into the ditch.
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