American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To move over a surface while maintaining smooth continuous contact.
- v. To coast on a slippery surface, such as ice or snow.
- v. To pass smoothly and quietly; glide: slid past the door without anyone noticing.
- v. To go unattended or unacted upon: Let the matter slide.
- v. To lose a secure footing or positioning; shift out of place; slip: slid on the ice and fell.
- v. To move downward: Prices began to slide.
- v. To return to a less favorable or less worthy condition.
- v. Baseball To drop down and skid into a base to avoid being put out.
- v. To cause to slide or slip: slid the glass down to the other end of the counter.
- v. To place covertly or deftly: slid the stolen merchandise into his pocket.
- n. A sliding movement or action.
- n. A smooth surface or track for sliding, usually inclined: a water slide.
- n. A playground apparatus for children to slide on, typically consisting of a smooth chute mounted by means of a ladder.
- n. A part that operates by sliding, as the U-shaped section of tube on a trombone that is moved to change the pitch.
- n. An image on a transparent base for projection on a screen.
- n. A small glass plate for mounting specimens to be examined under a microscope.
- n. A fall of a mass of rock, earth, or snow down a slope; an avalanche or landslide.
- n. Music A slight portamento used in violin playing, passing quickly from one note to another.
- n. Music An ornamentation consisting of two grace notes approaching the main note.
- n. Music A small metal or glass tube worn over a finger or held in the hand, used in playing bottleneck-style guitar.
- n. Music The bottleneck style of guitar playing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move bodily along a surface without ceasing to touch it, the same points of the moving body remaining always in contact with that surface; move continuously along a surface without rolling: as, to slide down hill.
- Specifically, to glide over the surface of snow or ice on the feet, or (in former use) on skates, or on a sled, toboggan, or the like.
- To slip or pass smoothly; glide on ward.
- To pass gradually from one state or condition to another.
- In music, to pass or progress from tone to tone without perceptible step or skip—that is, by means of a portamento.
- To go without thought or attention; pass unheeded or without attention or consideration; be unheeded or disregarded; take care of itself (or of themselves): used only with let: as, to let things slide.
- To slip away: as, the ladder slid from under him.
- Especially To slip away quietly or in such a way as not to attract attention; make off quietly.
- To disappear just when wanted, as by the police; “slope”; “skip.”
- To make a slip; commit a fault; backslide. See sliding, n., 4.
- A scale for raising or lowering imposts in proportion to the fall and rise in the prices of the goods.
- A scale of wages which rises and falls with the market price of the goods turned out.
- A scale of prices for manufactured goods which is regulated by the rise and fall in price of the raw material, etc.
- Same as sliding-rule.
- Synonyms and
- Slide, Slip, Glide. We slide or slip on a smooth surface: we slide by intention; we slip in spite of ourselves. In the Bible slide is used for slip. Slide generally refers to a longer movement: as, to slide down hill; to slip on the ice. We glide by a smooth and easy motion, as in a boat over or through the water.
- To cause to glide or move along a surface without bounding, rolling, stepping, etc.; thrust or push along in contact with a surface.
- To slip gently; push, thrust, or put quietly or imperceptibly.
- To glide over or through.
- n. A smooth and easy passage.
- n. Flow; even course; fluency.
- n. In music:
- n. A melodic embellishment or grace, consisting of an upward or a downward series of three or more tones, the last of which is the principal tone. It may be considered as an extension of an appoggiatura. Also sliding-relish.
- n. Same as portamento.
- n. The transition of one articulate sound into another; a glide: an occasional use.
- n. A smooth surface, especially of ice, for sliding on.
- n. An inclined plane for facilitating the descent of heavy bodies by the force of gravity; a shoot, as a timber-shoot, a shoot (mill or puss) in a mine, etc.
- n. A land-slip; an avalanche.
- n. In mining, a fissure or crack, either empty or filled with flucan, crossing the lode and throwing it slightly out of its position. In Cornwall, as the term is frequently used, slide is very nearly synonymous with crossflucan; but, more properly, a slide is distinguished from a cross-course or cross-flucan by having a course approximately parallel to that of the lodes, although differing from them and heaving them in their underlay. Cross-courses and cross-flucans, on the other hand, have a course approximately at right angles to that of the lodes.
- n. That part of an instrument or apparatus which slides or is slipped into or out of place. A glass with a microscopic object, or a picture shown by the stereoscope, magic lantern, or the like, mounted on it.
- n. A slip or inadvertence.
- n. Some arrangement on which anything slides, as (in the plural) slides, a term used in some mines as the equivalent of cage-guides.
- n. An object holding by friction upon a band, tag, cord, or the like, and serving to hold its parts or strands in place. A utensil like a buckle, but without a tongue, used for shoe-latchets, pocketbook-straps, etc.
- n. A slide-valve.
- n. An inclined plane up which hay is drawn by horse-power on to a rick by means of a net and a cable running over the top of the rick. The net, when emptied, is drawn back by a horse with a long rope. This method is practised on very large ranches.
- v. ergative To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface
- v. intransitive To move on a low friction surface.
- v. intransitive, baseball To drop down and skid into a base.
- v. intransitive To lose one’s balance on a slippery surface.
- n. A toy for children where they climb up and then slide down again.
- n. The event of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones moving down the slope of a hill or from a mountain.
- n. The act of sliding, moving downwards in general.
- n. A lever that can be moved in two directions.
- n. A valve that works by sliding such as in a trombone.
- n. A transparent image, to be projected to a screen.
- n. baseball The act of dropping down and skidding into a base
- n. sciences A flat, rectangular piece of glass on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope; a microscope slide.
- n. music A hand-held device made of smooth, hard material, used in the practice of slide guitar.
- n. A lively dance from County Kerry, in 12/8 time.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To move along the surface of any body by slipping, or without walking or rolling; to slip; to glide.
- v. Especially, to move over snow or ice with a smooth, uninterrupted motion, as on a sled moving by the force of gravity, or on the feet.
- v. To pass inadvertently.
- v. To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
- v. To slip when walking or standing; to fall.
- v. (Mus.) To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cassation of sound.
- v. Obs. or Colloq. To pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence.
- v. To cause to slide; to thrust along.
- v. To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.
- n. The act of sliding.
- n. Smooth, even passage or progress.
- n. That on which anything moves by sliding.
- n. An inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, esp. one constructed on a mountain side for conveying logs by sliding them down.
- n. A surface of ice or snow on which children slide for amusement.
- n. That which operates by sliding.
- n. A cover which opens or closes an aperture by sliding over it.
- n. (Mach.) A moving piece which is guided by a part or parts along which it slides.
- n. A clasp or brooch for a belt, or the like.
- n. A plate or slip of glass on which is a picture or delineation to be exhibited by means of a magic lantern, stereopticon, or the like; a plate on which is an object to be examined with a microscope.
- n. The descent of a mass of earth, rock, or snow down a hill or mountain side; ; also, the track of bare rock left by a land slide.
- n. (Geol.) A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure.
- n. A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below.
- n. An apparatus in the trumpet and trombone by which the sounding tube is lengthened and shortened so as to produce the tones between the fundamental and its harmonics.
- n. (Phonetics) A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound.
- n. Same as Guide bar, under Guide.
- n. A slide valve.
- v. to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
- n. plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
- n. the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
- v. move smoothly along a surface
- v. move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
- n. (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.
- n. (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
- n. a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study
- n. a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector
- n. sloping channel through which things can descend
- From Middle English sliden, from Old English slīdan ("to slide"), from Proto-Germanic *slīdanan (“to slide, glide”), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (“to slip”). Cognate with Old High German slītan (German schlittern, "to slide"), Middle Low German slīden ("to slide"), Middle Dutch slīden (Dutch sledderen, "to slide"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sliden, from Old English slīdan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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