Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move or slide by twisting or undulating the body over a surface, as in the manner of a snake.
  • intransitive verb To walk with a sliding or shuffling gait.
  • intransitive verb To slip and slide, as on a loose or uneven surface.
  • noun A slithering movement or gait.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To slide: same as slidder.
  • To suffer a minute longitudinal split: said of a bow.
  • Slippery: same as slidder.
  • noun A limestone rubble; angular fragments or screes of limestone.
  • noun In archery, a minute longitudinal split in a bow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb Prov. Eng. To slide; to glide.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To move about smoothly and from side to side.
  • verb intransitive To slide

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

  • verb to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly

Etymologies

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

[Middle English slethren, variant of sliddren, from Old English slidrian, frequentative of slīdan, to slide.]

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From Middle English slitheren, alteration of sliddren ("to slither, creep"), from Old English slidrian ("to slip, slide, slither"), from Proto-Germanic *slidrianan (“to slide, slither”), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (“to slip”). Cognate with Dutch slidderen ("to slip, wriggle, slither"). More at slide.

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  • Isn't this a lovely little word?

    October 27, 2007

  • Yes. Yes, it is.

    October 27, 2007

  • "n. In archery, a minute longitudinal split in a bow." --CD&C

    March 6, 2012

  • Also, note the Firefly/Buffyness of the visuals.

    March 7, 2012