from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In lumbering: Two skids laid parallel at right angles to a road, generally raised above the ground at the end nearest the road. Logs are usually piled upon a skid way as they are brought from the stump for loading upon sleds, wagons, or cars.
  • n. A prepared path down which logs, etc., can slide as down a skid. See skid, n., 2.


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    February 19, 2008

  • "He must have been fathered in late October or early November because his birthday was August 3, and one has even now a haunting sympathy for them all. For the girl who discovers in the depth of winter she is pregnant by a man she cannot reach. And for the man who died, crushed beneath the load of logs on the skidway, perhaps without even realising he had set a life in motion, which would in turn result in even such a life as mine."

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