anti skidding


a plank, bar, log, or the like, especially 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. Compare stillage.
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, especially an oblique or wavering veering by a vehicle or its tires: The bus went into a skid on the icy road.
verb (used with object), skidded, skidding.
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.
verb (used without object), skidded, skidding.
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. Compare slip1 ( def 15 ).
on the skids, Slang. in the process of decline or deterioration: His career is on the skids.
put the skids under, Informal. to bring about the downfall of; cause to fail: Lack of money put the skids under our plans.
the skids, Informal. the downward path to ruin, poverty, or depravity: After losing his job he began to hit the skids.

1600–10; 1925–30 for def 18; apparently < Old Norse skith (noun), cognate with Old English scīd thin slip of wood; see ski

skiddingly, adverb
antiskidding, adjective

9, 12. slip. 13. slither. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
skid (skɪd)
vb , skids, skidding, skidded
1.  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.  (US), (Canadian) (tr) to put or haul on a skid, esp along a special track
4.  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.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) one of the logs forming a skidway
7.  a support on which heavy objects may be stored and moved short distances by sliding
8.  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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Word Origin & History

c.1600, "beam or plank on which something rests," probably from a Scandinavian source akin to O.N. skið "stick of wood" (see ski). A skid as something used to facilitate downhill motion (cf. skid row) led to fig. phrases such as hit the skids "go into rapid decline" (1920).

1674, "apply a skid to (a wheel, to keep it from turning)," from skid (n.). Meaning "slide along" first recorded 1838; extended sense of "slip sideways" (on a wet road, etc.) first recorded 1884 (the noun in this sense is attested from 1907). The original notion is of a block
of wood for stopping a wheel; the modern senses are from the notion of a wheel slipping when blocked from revolving.
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