Skid

Definition of Skid

Pronunciation: skĭd
on the skids and hit the skids.
n.1.A shoe or clog, as of iron, attached to a chain, and placed under the wheel of a wagon to prevent its turning when descending a steep hill; a drag; a skidpan; also, by extension, a hook attached to a chain, and used for the same purpose.
2.(Naut.) A piece of timber used as a support, or to receive pressure.
3.(Aëronautics) A runner (one or two) under some flying machines, used for landing.
4.A low movable platform for supporting heavy items to be transported, typically of two layers, and having a space between the layers into which the fork of a fork lift can be inserted; it is used to conveniently transport heavy objects by means of a fork lift; - a skid without wheels is the same as a pallet.
5.Declining fortunes; a movement toward defeat or downfall; - used mostly in the phrase
6.Act of skidding; - called also side slip.
v. t.1.To protect or support with a skid or skids; also, to cause to move on skids.
[imp. & p. p. Skidded ; p. pr. & vb. n. Skidding.]
2.To check with a skid, as wagon wheels.
3.(Forestry) To haul (logs) to a skid and load on a skidway.
v. i.1.To slide without rotating; - said of a wheel held from turning while the vehicle moves onward.
2.To fail to grip the roadway; specif., to slip sideways on the road; to side-slip; - said esp. of a cycle or automobile.

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