glide

verb
\ ˈglīd How to pronounce glide (audio) \
glided; gliding

Definition of glide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly swans gliding over the lake
2 : to go or pass imperceptibly hours glided by
3a 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

glide

noun

Definition of glide (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a calm stretch of shallow water flowing smoothly
2 : the act or action of gliding
4a : 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for glide

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of glide in a Sentence

Verb 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There’s the evenness of her prose, eminently polished, deliciously rhythmic, that seems to glide over the violence underneath. Madeleine Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, "The Devourer," 11 Feb. 2020 Waxing keeps the bottom of the skis slick enough to glide through snow on race day. Matt Maccormack, BostonGlobe.com, "Wayland Nordic skiing not your average program," 8 Feb. 2020 SpaceX has equipped each fairing with its own navigation system that allows it to glide gently back to Earth. NBC News, "SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, sticks rocket landing at sea," 29 Jan. 2020 The wall dividing it from the kitchen is now made entirely of glass, with an automatic door for servers to glide through. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Swedish Home Cooking at Aquavit," 17 Jan. 2020 Even the wheels on the luggage are engineered to glide smoothly and soundlessly. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Away travel retail store opens in Highland Village," 3 Jan. 2020 Norwich's talisman Teemu Pukki was able to glide into space and put his side ahead with a deflected effort. Ben Church, CNN, "Arsenal continues winless streak despite new caretaker manager," 1 Dec. 2019 His speed would’ve been enough to glide past Thomas. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "From a Ravens walk-through to the end zone: How Lamar Jackson ran past the Bengals on one magical play," 10 Nov. 2019 On Monday morning, the innermost planet will appear to glide silently across the disk of the sun. National Geographic, "What's it like moving farther from home?," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Marchbein recommends using a body wash or shaving gel that will lather up on the skin and help the razor glide. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "The Best Disposable Razors for Your Closest Shave Yet," 31 Dec. 2019 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty. Arkansas Online, "New Russian weapon can travel 27 times the speed of sound," 28 Dec. 2019 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty. Arkansas Online, "New Russian weapon can travel 27 times the speed of sound," 28 Dec. 2019 Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu informed his leader that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty, the Defence Ministry said. NBC News, "Russia commissions intercontinental hypersonic weapon," 27 Dec. 2019 Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu informed Putin that the first missile unit equipped with the Avangard hypersonic glide vehicle entered combat duty. Vladimir Isachenkov, Anchorage Daily News, "Russia claims new warhead can travel 27 times the speed of sound and change directions," 27 Dec. 2019 His trailing leg embroiders the glide with lariat-like curlicues, but what draws a viewer’s eye, hypnotically, is the motor: the spiraling, snaking motion of those hips. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Earl Tucker, a Dancer Known as ‘Snakehips’," 18 Dec. 2019 So take a glide through one, or all, of these rinks in the Milwaukee suburbs. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Check out these 6 cheap (or free) indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in the Milwaukee suburbs," 18 Dec. 2019 Beams of light from an upper window glide under the stairs and stop at the spruce. Janet Eastman, oregonlive, "Cannon Beach house with a garden roof was born to be green," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of glide

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glide

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for glide

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The first known use of glide was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glide. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for glide

glide

verb
How to pronounce glide (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glide

: to move in a smooth way
of an airplane : to fly without engine power

glide

verb
\ ˈglīd How to pronounce glide (audio) \
glided; gliding

Kids Definition of glide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to move with a smooth continuous motion

glide

noun

Kids Definition of glide (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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