Definition of ski in English:


Syllabification: ski
Pronunciation: /skē

noun (plural skis)

1Each of a pair of long narrow pieces of hard flexible material, typically pointed and turned up at the front, fastened under the feet for gliding over snow.
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  • If you own waxless skis, try a pair of waxable skis on a day when it is below freezing.
  • In my experience, the fit of the ski is not nearly as important as whether you have a good pair of skis.
  • Neither of the fundraisers have even put on a pair of skis or salopettes, but they intend to glide down the slopes with ease in the 26 mile event.
1.1A device similar to a ski attached beneath a vehicle or aircraft.
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  • These one- or two-passenger vehicles attached to three skis had an enclosed cab and a small airplane engine mounted on the rear.
  • The machine took flight and landed on its skis and continued to be piloted by some unseen force toward a cropping of baby trees further down the slope.
  • The skis get hot, and when the aircraft stops the skis can stick to the ice.
1.2 [as modifier] Of, relating to, or used for skiing: a ski instructor ski boots
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  • Despite the lessons learnt from Thredbo, the New South Wales Government is pushing ahead with more ski resort development in the National Park at Perisher.
  • Heavy snow brought life almost to a standstill at South Africa's only ski resort, Tiffindell, in the Eastern Cape.
  • There are more than 200 ski instructors in Borovets who take care of skiing classes separated in five difficulty levels.
1.3 another term for waterski.
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  • Mr Fieldhouse said the next protest was planned for May Day, when families would be invited to wakesurf, water-ski on wide skis and ‘break the by-law’.

verb (skis, skied /skēd/, skiing /ˈskē-iNG/)

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1Travel over snow on skis; take part in the sport or recreation of skiing: they skied down the mountain
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  • Her favourite sport is skiing, and as a student she often cycled to class.
  • I have skied and taught through most of the innovations in our equipment and changes in our skiing technique.
  • Most headed to big resorts on the Black Sea, but some traveled to the mountains to ski or hike.
1.1 [with object] Ski on (a particular ski run or type of snow): spring snow is not always easy to ski
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  • Not so long ago, I took a cable-car from Cervinia to Plan Maison and spent the day with the baby while the rest of my family skied the prepared pistes.
  • For seven days we climbed and skied perfect corn snow, sunbathed by the pool, and languished in the hot tub.
  • The 25-year-old Scot had never skied the Bormio piste before this week and the Edinburgh-based skier has only had two training runs on the treacherous slope.


mid 18th century: from Norwegian, from Old Norse skíth 'stick of wood, snowshoe'.



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  • There's a good deal of easy/moderate trails plus some fun more advanced sections that under good conditions should be skiable by most competent skiers.
  • The trail network has been designed with a variety of skiing abilities in mind with over half the terrain skiable by novices.
  • If you're on ice forgo your skis and use crampons until you find skiable snow.

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