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
b : semivowel
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 The moon will glide in front of the sun early Thursday morning, resulting in a partial solar eclipse visible from parts of North America and Europe. David Clark Scott, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2021 Friends may encourage you and glide you along with their enthusiasm. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 20 Feb. 2021 Bangles with modern features, such as diamonds that glide back and forth with movement, maximize shine and exemplify ingenuity. Tanya Dukes, Town & Country, 4 May 2021 There is a scraper that will glide through sticky residue and gunk without scratching your surfaces. Chris Hachey, BGR, 3 May 2021 The birds typically glide until the wave breaks, then soar back into the sky, only to quickly drop back down to repeat a process that isn’t very taxing on them physically. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Shop Now: $4.99 from Pop-arazzi Jillian Dempsey Cheek Tints are velvety cream blushes that glide on and feel good as they are applied. Robin Raven, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 McCartney III Imagined is an impressive demonstration of the ease with which the 78-year-old icon’s latest songs can glide into new sounds and styles. Simon Vozick-levinson, Rolling Stone, 15 Apr. 2021 Throughout the story, her careful study of the master’s paintings, her understanding of his use of light, and her knowledge of the historical characters who glide in and out of the tale are apparent. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 28 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Because swimmers must continually move their arms against the resistance of the water with no glide phase, the stroke can serve as a high-intensity drill. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 29 May 2021 These small glide bombs can fit inside an F-35’s weapon bay, are designed for precision strikes on GPS coordinates, and are capable of penetrating 1 meter of concrete. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 26 May 2021 The flights are designed to reach an altitude of at least 50 miles as the rocket motor is turned off and the crew prepares to reenter the atmosphere and glide to a landing. Morgan Lee, The Christian Science Monitor, 22 May 2021 Sleek brown pelicans descend from the sky and glide — often hundreds of yards at a time — just above the ocean’s surface, in front of building waves. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2021 Now, the Michigan recruit is out to make history and glide past the disappointment of seeing her junior outdoor season canceled. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, chicagotribune.com, 27 Apr. 2021 Subban’s best stop was arguably his post-to-post glide to glove Darren Helm’s shot in the second period. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 18 Apr. 2021 Warding off the evil eye is a custom in many cultures, but Ganjoo has reinvented and tailored Kajal to the needs and wants of the South Asian consumer: a high pigment and creamy glide without the usual raccoon eyes. Mehrunnisa Wani, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile observers in the southern part of South America will see the moon glide below Mars, while North Americans can catch the moon pass above the ruddy-colored planet. National Geographic, 2 Sep. 2020

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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

14 Jun 2021

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“Glide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glide. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for glide

glide

verb

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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