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glide

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verb \ˈglīd\

Definition of glide

glided

gliding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move smoothly, continuously, and effortlessly <swans gliding over the lake>

  3. 2 :  to go or pass imperceptibly <hours glided by>

  4. 3 a of an airplane :  to descend gradually in controlled flight b :  to fly in a glider

  5. 4 :  to produce a glide (as in music or speech)

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of glide

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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glide

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Definition of glide

  1. 1 :  a calm stretch of shallow water flowing smoothly

  2. 2 :  the act or action of gliding

  3. 3 :  portamento

  4. 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 b :  semivowel

  5. 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

1584

First Known Use of glide

1584



GLIDE Defined for English Language Learners

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glide

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verb \ˈglīd\

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

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verb \ˈglīd\

Definition of glide for Students

glided

gliding

  1. :  to move with a smooth continuous motion


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glide

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noun

Definition of glide for Students

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



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