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

  • intransitive v. To move over a surface while maintaining smooth continuous contact.
  • intransitive v. To coast on a slippery surface, such as ice or snow.
  • intransitive v. To pass smoothly and quietly; glide: slid past the door without anyone noticing.
  • intransitive v. To go unattended or unacted upon: Let the matter slide.
  • intransitive v. To lose a secure footing or positioning; shift out of place; slip: slid on the ice and fell.
  • intransitive v. To move downward: Prices began to slide.
  • intransitive v. To return to a less favorable or less worthy condition.
  • intransitive v. Baseball To drop down and skid into a base to avoid being put out.
  • transitive v. To cause to slide or slip: slid the glass down to the other end of the counter.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface
  • v. To move on a low friction surface.
  • v. To drop down and skid into a base.
  • v. 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. The act of dropping down and skidding into a base
  • n. A flat, rectangular piece of glass on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope; a microscope slide.
  • n. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. 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. A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure.
  • n.
  • 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. A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound.
  • n.
  • n. Same as Guide bar, under Guide.
  • n. A slide valve.
  • transitive v. To move along the surface of any body by slipping, or without walking or rolling; to slip; to glide.
  • transitive 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.
  • transitive v. To pass inadvertently.
  • transitive v. To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
  • transitive v. To slip when walking or standing; to fall.
  • transitive v. To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cassation of sound.
  • transitive v. To pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence.
  • transitive v. To cause to slide; to thrust along.
  • transitive v. To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.

from The 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.
  • n. That part of an instrument or apparatus which slides or is slipped into or out of place.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

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

Middle English sliden, from Old English slīdan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").


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