Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move in a smooth, effortless manner: a submarine gliding through the water. See Synonyms at slide.
  • intransitive v. To move silently and furtively.
  • intransitive v. To occur or pass imperceptibly.
  • intransitive v. To fly without propulsion. Used of an aircraft.
  • intransitive v. Music To blend one tone into the next; slur.
  • intransitive v. Linguistics To articulate a glide in speech.
  • transitive v. To cause to move or pass smoothly, silently, or imperceptibly.
  • n. The act of gliding.
  • n. Music A slur.
  • n. Linguistics The transitional sound produced by passing from the articulatory position of one speech sound to that of another.
  • n. Linguistics See semivowel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
  • v. To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.
  • v. To cause to glide.
  • n. The act of gliding.
  • n. Semivowel
  • n. An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The glede or kite.
  • n. The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without labor or obstruction.
  • n. A transitional sound in speech which is produced by the changing of the mouth organs from one definite position to another, and with gradual change in the most frequent cases; as in passing from the begining to the end of a regular diphthong, or from vowel to consonant or consonant to vowel in a syllable, or from one component to the other of a double or diphthongal consonant (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 19, 161, 162). Also (by Bell and others), the vanish (or brief final element) or the brief initial element, in a class of diphthongal vowels, or the brief final or initial part of some consonants (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 18, 97, 191).
  • n. Movement of a glider, aëroplane, etc., through the air under gravity or its own movement.
  • intransitive v. To move gently and smoothly; to pass along without noise, violence, or apparent effort; to pass rapidly and easily, or with a smooth, silent motion, as a river in its channel, a bird in the air, a skater over ice.
  • intransitive v. To pass with a glide, as the voice.
  • intransitive v. To move through the air by virtue of gravity or momentum; to volplane.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move smoothly and without discontinuity or jar; pass or slip along without apparent effort; sweep along with a smooth, easy, rapid motion, as a stream in its channel, a bird through the air, or a ship through the water.
  • Specifically In music, to pass from tone to tone without break; slur.
  • In cricket, to glance; allow the ball to meet the bat and be deflected from it, usually to the leg side.
  • n. A gliding movement; the act of moving smoothly and evenly.
  • n. In music and pronunciation, the joining of two successive sounds without a break; a transition-sound involuntarily produced between two principal sounds; a slur.
  • n. In dancing, a peculiar waltz-step performed in a smooth and sliding manner.
  • n. In phonetics, a fleeting sound produced in passing from one position of the organs of speech to another, as in pronouncing the sound-combination ki in the word ‘kind’ designated the off-glide of the first letter and the on-glideof the second .
  • n. In cricket, a glance; a stroke by which, instead of being hit, the ball is allowed to strike the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly
  • n. the activity of flying a glider
  • n. the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
  • v. fly in or as if in a glider plane
  • v. move smoothly and effortlessly
  • n. a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant

Etymologies

Middle English gliden, from Old English glīdan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English glīdan, from West Germanic. Cognate with Dutch glijden, German gleiten, Norwegian gli, Swedish glida, Danish glide. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cavic began his glide into the wall, arms out straight underwater, and Phelps made a split-second decision to take a fast half-stroke, although a glide is usually the more effective finish.

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  • Adults flushed bird, turned him to me with missed shots, cock passed me in glide, and I brought him down.

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  • Yet, I can hear a slight glide from the strong vowel to the schwa before the rhotic r is pronounced in these words in American English.

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  • Mark Grimmette and Brian Martin glide through their first run before the crash.

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  • I also assume you will dial back your risk over time as you near retirement, which is called a "glide path" in the IFA.com online tool.

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  • One reason fund companies give for this "through" strategy -- that is, a glide path that invests "through retirement" instead of "to retirement" -- is that retirees are in danger of outliving their assets; the potential growth provided by equities is a way of managing longevity risk for decades, some fund companies say.

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  • With visibility reportedly at less than half a mile at the time, a commercial aircraft typically would have been relying on an instrument landing system providing its pilots a so-called glide slope to help safely descend toward the runway.

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  • Many Ways to Glide Target-date funds are typically weighted toward stocks early in the investor's career and shift toward lower-risk bonds as the retirement year in the fund's name gets closer — a progression known as the glide path.

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  • There are now more consultants willing to take on the fiduciary duty of setting up so-called glide paths, which are the schedules for how a fund's assets will be reallocated over time, and of choosing investment managers.

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