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glide

verb \ ˈglīd \

Definition of glide

glided; gliding
intransitive verb
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)
transitive verb
:to cause to glide

Examples of glide in a Sentence

  1. The swans glided over the surface of the lake.

  2. We watched the skiers glide down the slope.

  3. The pilot glided to a safe landing after the engine failed.

  4. The pilot glided the plane to a safe landing.

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Origin and Etymology of glide

Middle English, from Old English glīdan; akin to Old High German glītan to glide

glide Synonyms


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glide

noun

Definition of glide

1 :a calm stretch of shallow water flowing smoothly
2 :the act or action of gliding
4 a :a less prominent vowel sound produced by the passing of the vocal organs to or from the articulatory position of a speech sound — compare diphthong
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

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First Known Use of glide

1584



GLIDE Defined for English Language Learners

glide

verb

Definition of glide for English Language Learners

  • : to move in a smooth way

  • of an airplane : to fly without engine power


GLIDE Defined for Kids

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glide

verb \ ˈglīd \

Definition of glide for Students

glided; gliding
:to move with a smooth continuous motion

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glide

noun

Definition of glide for Students

:the act or action of moving with a smooth continuous motion


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