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slide

verb \ ˈslīd \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of slide

slid play \ˈslid\; sliding play \ˈslī-diŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :to move smoothly along a surface :slip
b :to coast over snow or ice
c of a base runner in baseball :to fall or dive feetfirst or headfirst when approaching a base
2 a :to slip or fall by loss of footing
b :to change position or become dislocated :shift
3 a :to slither along the ground :crawl
b :to stream along :flow
4 a :to move or pass smoothly or easily
  • slid into the prepared speech
b :to pass unnoticed or unremarked
  • let the criticism slide
5 a :to pass unobtrusively :steal
b :to pass by gradations especially downward
  • the economy slid from recession to depression
transitive verb
1 a :to cause to glide or slip
b :to traverse in a sliding manner
2 :to put unobtrusively or stealthily
  • slid the bill into his hand

Examples of slide in a Sentence

  1. The door slides open easily.

  2. The firefighters slid down the pole to their trucks.

  3. He slid the bottle across the table.

  4. Slide your finger along the seam.

  5. She slid the paper under the door.

  6. He slid across the ice.

  7. Cars were slipping and sliding all over the roads during the snowstorm.

  8. Her purse slid out of her hands.

  9. The strap of her dress kept sliding down.

  10. She slid into the booth beside us.

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Origin and Etymology of slide

Middle English, from Old English slīdan; akin to Middle High German slīten to slide

slide Synonyms


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slide

noun

Definition of slide

1 a :an act or instance of sliding
b (1) :a musical grace of two or more small notes
(2) :portamento
2 :a sliding part or mechanism: such as
a (1) :a U-shaped section of tube in the trombone that is pushed out and in to produce the tones between the fundamental and its harmonics
(2) :a short U-shaped section of tube in a brass instrument that is used to adjust the pitch of the instrument or of individual valves
b (1) :a moving piece (such as the ram of a punch press) that is guided by a part along which it slides
(2) :a guiding surface (such as a feeding mechanism) along which something slides
3 a :the descent of a mass of earth, rock, or snow down a hill or mountainside
b :a dislocation in which one rock mass in a mining lode has slid on another :fault
4 a (1) :a slippery surface for coasting
(2) :a chute with a slippery bed down which children slide in play
b :a channel or track on which something is slid
c :a sloping trough down which objects are carried by gravity
  • a log slide
5 a :a flat piece of glass or plastic on which an object is mounted for microscopic examination
b :a photographic transparency on a small plate or film mounted for projection
6 :bottleneck 3

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First Known Use of slide

1570



SLIDE Defined for English Language Learners

slide

verb

Definition of slide for English Language Learners

  • : to move smoothly along a surface

  • : to move over ice or snow smoothly and often in a way that cannot be controlled

  • : to slip and fall


slide

noun

Definition of slide for English Language Learners

  • : a movement to a lower or worse state or condition

  • : an act of moving along or over a surface by sliding

  • : a structure with a slippery surface that children slide down


SLIDE Defined for Kids

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slide

verb \ ˈslīd \

Definition of slide for Students

slid \ˈslid\; sliding \ˈslī-diŋ\
1 :to move or cause to move smoothly over a surface :glide
  • Skaters slid over the ice.
2 :to move or pass smoothly and without much effort
  • She slid into the seat.
3 :to get gradually worse over time
  • Her grades began to slide.

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slide

noun

Definition of slide for Students

1 :the act or motion of moving smoothly over a surface
2 :a movement to a lower or worse condition
  • a slide in business
3 :a surface down which a person or thing slides
4 :a loosened mass that moves swiftly :avalanche
5 :a glass or plastic plate for holding an object to be examined under a microscope
6 :a transparent picture that can be projected on a screen
7 :something that operates or adjusts by sliding

Medical Dictionary

slide

noun \ ˈslīd \

medical Definition of slide

:a flat piece of glass or plastic on which an object is mounted for microscopic examination


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