Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
A ski is a narrow strip of semi-rigid material worn underfoot to glide over snow. Substantially longer than wide and characteristically employed in pairs, skis are attached to ski boots with ski bindings, with either a free, lockable, or partially secured heel. For climbing slopes, ski skins (originally made of seal fur, but now made of synthetic materials) can be attached at the base of the ski.
Originally intended as an aid to travel over snow, they are now mainly used recreationally in the sport of skiing.
Ski (driving stunt)
Skiing is an automotive driving stunt where the car is driven while balanced only on two wheels, either the pair on the driver side or on the passenger side.
The stunt is generally performed by driving one pair of wheels up on a ramp to lift one side of the car. Alternately, the stunt can be done in a vehicle with a high center of gravity (such as a 4x4 or SUV) by turning sharply or at speed. This technique is more dangerous because there is a strong possibility of the vehicle tipping completely over. Another technique is to let some air out of the tires that will be on the ground, so that the car can tip easier, as well as keep its balance better. Once up on two wheels, the car has to be balanced by steering (much as one would when riding a bicycle) which makes it necessary to drive more or less in a straight line. The vehicle used must also be fitted with a lockable differential (common on 4x4s).
A ski is a long, flat device worn on the feet designed to help the wearer slide smoothly over snow.
Ski may also refer to:
- Skiing, gliding on skis
- -ski, a common ending of predominantly Polish surnames of Slavonic origin
- Ski (driving stunt), driving a car balanced on two wheels
- Ski (record producer)
- Ski (soda), a soft drink
- Ski, a town and a municipality in Akershus county, Norway
- Ski Inn, a bar in Bombay Beach, California
- Water skiing, skiing on water, pulled by a boat
The abbreviation SKI may refer to:
- Skipton railway station
- SKI combinator calculus, a technique used in functional programming
- SKI protein
- Spending the Kids' Inheritance (SKI, SKI'ing)
Ski (record producer)
David Willis, otherwise known as DJ Ski and Ski Beatz, is an American record producer mainly working in hip hop.
Ski is a citrus soda made from orange and lemon juices manufactured by the Double Cola Company.
n. 1 One of a pair of long flat runners designed for gliding over snow. 2 One of a pair of long flat runners designed for gliding over water while pulled by a boat. 3 (cx aviation English) One of a pair of long flat runners under some flying machines, used for landing. vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To move on skis. 2 (context transitive English) To travel over (a slope etc.) on skis; travel on skis at (a place), especially as a sport.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1883 (there is an isolated instance from 1755; in early use often spelled skee), from Norwegian ski, related to Old Norse skið "long snowshoe," literally "stick of wood, firewood," cognate with Old English scid "stick of wood," obsolete English shide "piece of wood split off from timber;" Old High German skit, German Scheit "log," from Proto-Germanic *skid- "to divide, split," from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Ski-jumper is from 1894; ski bum first attested 1960; ski-mask is from 1963; noted as part of criminal disguises from 1968.
v. move along on skis; "We love to ski the Rockies"
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Skee \Skee\, n. [Dan. ski; Icel. sk[=i]? a billet of wood. See Skid.] A long strip of wood, curved upwards in front, used on the foot for sliding; now usually spelled ski.
Usage examples of "ski".
Being addicted to a drug is like spending your whole life attempting to ski uphill.
Transport aircraft land daily on our airfield bringing fur clothing, skis, sledges and other things.
The centres were of coarse babiche with a large mesh, so as to pick up the least amount of snow, and since the meshing entered the frame by holes and was not whipped round it, the wooden surface was as smooth as skis.
While she changed boots, Beane pitched the skis one at a time over the edge and grinned They were alone on the peak and there was no way down.
From there, the southern ski face is unapproachable, just as Beane said.
One-time mountain bike racer, David was appointed for a two-year stint as second in command of the Royal Marine biathlon team, in which he is basically a full-time paid athlete who spends a lot of time on skis in Norway.
Next, he removed her boots and slid her into his ski pants, carefully threading the bib straps underneath her back.
With his ski gloves back on and the loose straps of the bib ski pants in his hands, Scot moved backward two feet and then pulled Amanda slowly forward for one.
Our skis, our sharp edges which others are forever trying to smooth off, bite hard into the firn, the snow marked with signs: every man for himself on this white festive garb on which we are tumbled like refuse.
That winter of 1927-8, there was a fairly large crowd for the Winter Sports, and if most of them found dancing and drinking more reasonable than going out into the cold for skiing and luging and skating why, that merely lessened all worry as to whether there was enough snow.
Shoshana was leaning against the rail, talking and smiling at Mana, actually enjoying the conversation when the high-pitched wail of four approaching jet skis demanded their attention.
World will feature a thrilling toboggan ride and a ski lodge where Moochie, Scooter and Danny will perform skits for the whole family.
There were people on Jet Skis and old Everglades swamp buggies and even battered tourist pedalos, many of them laden with stuff.
Less of a leader but a mechanical genius, such as in hotwiring cars, picking locks, fixing ski lifts, and turning pesto sauce into an anaesthetic.
In the gush of names I learned that Junie Alteck art-directed Cypress Hill and Redman videos, Bee Prudhomme had been knifed to death by a lover in a ski chalet outside Helsinki, and Moira Hogarth was a performance artist known for being censured by a Midwestern senator.