\ ˈslīd How to pronounce slide (audio) \
slid\ ˈslid How to pronounce slid (audio) \; sliding\ ˈslī-​diŋ How to pronounce sliding (audio) \

Definition of slide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to slip or fall by loss of footing
b : to change position or become dislocated : shift
3a : to slither along the ground : crawl
b : to stream along : flow
4a : to move or pass smoothly or easily slid into the prepared speech
b : to pass unnoticed or unremarked let the criticism slide
5a : to pass unobtrusively : steal
b : to pass by gradations especially downward the economy slid from recession to depression

transitive verb

1a : 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



Definition of slide (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of sliding
b(1) : a musical grace of two or more small notes
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
d : a step-in shoe or slipper
3a : 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
4a(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
5a : a flat piece of glass or plastic on which an object is mounted for microscopic examination
b(1) : a photographic transparency on a small plate or film mounted for projection
(2) : an electronic image presented as a part of a series Kyle Patterson, the city's enterprise data strategist, flashed a series of PowerPoint slides with graphs of percentage growth since 1970.— Maria L. La Ganga

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Examples of slide in a Sentence

Verb The door slides open easily. The firefighters slid down the pole to their trucks. He slid the bottle across the table. Slide your finger along the seam. She slid the paper under the door. He slid across the ice. Cars were slipping and sliding all over the roads during the snowstorm. Her purse slid out of her hands. The strap of her dress kept sliding down. She slid into the booth beside us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Remove the foil, flip the sweet potatoes and bake, uncovered, for an additional 20 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are cooked thoroughly and are tender (a knife inserted into the center of a sweet potato should slide through easily). Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "Four vegetable-centric recipes for the Thanksgiving table," 18 Nov. 2020 Then, slide the fence over until the distance from the block to the blade equals the leg's length. Neal Barrett, Popular Mechanics, "Make a Kitchen Table That Will Last Generations," 14 Nov. 2020 One of the remaining passengers would then slide behind the wheel, with lawsuits to follow. John Simerman,, "New Orleans attorney charged in federal probe of brazen staged-accident scheme," 5 Nov. 2020 Then slide back the right hand, followed by the left. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "Jessie Diggins's Killer 8-Minute Core Workout," 30 Oct. 2020 Through Tonight: The aforementioned cold front will slide through the area over the next few hours, accompanied by some spotty rain showers that should shut off just after midnight. Washington Post, "PM Update: Big temperature drop overnight. Raw and cool conditions Sunday.," 24 Oct. 2020 Place both of your hands on either side of their head, then slide them back into their hair. Bernadette Anat, Seventeen, "20 Secrets Every Good Kisser Knows," 29 Sep. 2020 Now with your best-quality, largest spatula, lift-slide it off the grate., "To grill a gorgeous whole salmon, anoint the grate with oil. Lots and lots of oil," 27 Sep. 2020 To operate, simply slide the card through the reader to transfer information from the card to your device. Allen Foster,, "The best credit card reader," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Century High School will share a slide show honoring alumni who served, East Middle will show a virtual presentation with photos of veterans the school community wanted to share and Liberty High School will share a photo slideshow of local veterans. Kristen Griffith,, "Carroll County schools celebrate veterans with activities," 10 Nov. 2020 During the week, after synthesizing customized postgame reports, Mahoney prepares a slide show presentation for the coaching staff. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "Friday Night Bytes: Can Analytics Revolutionize High School Football?," 5 Nov. 2020 During the slide show, Hitler was quoted three times in the training manual. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Kentucky State Police quoted Hitler and encouraged violence in training guide for cadets: Report," 2 Nov. 2020 The slide show was first reported Friday by Manual Redeye, a student newspaper at Louisville’s duPont Manual High School. Washington Post, "Kentucky State Police quoted Hitler and encouraged cadets to be ‘ruthless’ in a training program," 2 Nov. 2020 The sequence was a sign of things to come: Betts lined a single for his first hit as a Dodger and eventually scored on a groundball to the second baseman, just beating the throw with a headfirst slide. Los Angeles Times, "The road to a Dodgers World Series title was one never before traveled," 2 Nov. 2020 During last Sunday’s game against The Washington Football Team, linebacker Jon Bostic lowered his helmet into Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton during a third-quarter scramble after Dalton clearly had given himself up with a foot-first slide. Dallas News, "Daryl ‘Moose’ Johnston disagrees with Troy Aikman, thinks Cowboys should’ve responded to Jon Bostic’s hit on Andy Dalton," 30 Oct. 2020 Ji-Man Choi playing in at first base, but Betts made the instinctive play and took off for home, beating the throw with a head-first slide. Schuyler Dixon,, "Cashed Out: Rays manager roasted for pulling Snell in Game 6," 28 Oct. 2020 Yandy Diaz made a quick and adequate throw home, but Betts was already by catcher Mike Zunino with a headfirst slide. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Electric in Game 1 win, Mookie Betts looks like Dodgers' missing piece: 'So lucky to have him'," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of slide


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


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slide


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

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26 Nov 2020

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“Slide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of slide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of slide (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


\ ˈslīd How to pronounce slide (audio) \
slid\ ˈslid \; sliding\ ˈslī-​diŋ \

Kids Definition of slide

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of slide (Entry 2 of 2)

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


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Medical Definition of slide

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

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