Simple Definition of glide
: to move in a smooth way
of an airplane : to fly without engine power
Full Definition of glide
1 : to move smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly <swans gliding over the lake>
2 : to go or pass imperceptibly <hours glided by>
3 a of an airplane : to descend gradually in controlled flight b : to fly in a glider
4 : to produce a glide (as in music or speech)
: to cause to glide
Examples of glide
The swans glided over the surface of the lake.
We watched the skiers glide down the slope.
The pilot glided to a safe landing after the engine failed.
The pilot glided the plane to a safe landing.
Origin of glide
Middle English, from Old English glīdan; akin to Old High German glītan to glide
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of glide
1 : a calm stretch of shallow water flowing smoothly
2 : the act or action of gliding
3 : portamento
5 : a device for facilitating movement of something; especially : a circular usually metal button attached to the bottom of furniture legs to provide a smooth surface
First Known Use of glide
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