\ 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) : 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
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


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

On Thursday, shares CoreCivic and GeoGroup, slid 6% and 7% respectively, after members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent letters to both companies. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "As Trump Cracks Down on Immigrants, Democrats Go After Private Prisons," 12 July 2019 Searching for the next best thing, the Los Angeles Clippers owner slid into an unoccupied space on media row. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Analysis: Kawhi Leonard’s Clippers are the envy of the NBA, but hold off on the coronation," 11 July 2019 The country was sliding deeper into recession, and Mr. de la Rúa, by most accounts, hesitated to take assertive steps to reverse course. Adam Bernstein, Washington Post, "Fernando de la Rúa, Argentine leader who fled office besieged by riots, dies at 81," 9 July 2019 Investigators determined the fire started outside the home on or near a deck and sliding glass door and then extended to the rest of the house, consuming the rear section of the house and scorching the attic. Bay City News Service, The Mercury News, "Santa Rosa fire causes $400,000 damage to home," 6 July 2019 Defender Robin Jansson slid past Przybylko, who stutter-stepped and buried the ball in the side netting just past goalkeeper Brian Rowe’s fingertips. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City falls 3-1 to Philadelphia Union while down two men due to red cards," 4 July 2019 Once, using the subtlest of shot fakes, Durant sent LeBron James sliding helplessly to the floor, out of bounds, and then cruised politely forward for two points. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "Why Do Sports Fans Watch — And Rewatch — Injury Footage?," 3 July 2019 Another robber slid over the counter and pointed a gun at a 27-year-old employee. Adam Ferrise,, "Armed robbers hold five at gunpoint at Cleveland Burger King," 2 July 2019 The new shares that began trading on June 20 slid immediately, losing 40% percent of their market value the first week. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Pier 1 Imports gets buried in a crowded home furnishings market," 30 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Technology companies fared the worst, weighed down by a 1.3 percent drop by Microsoft and a 1.9 percent slide from Intel. Damian J. Troise,, "Stock indexes end lower, breaking a 5-day winning streak," 16 July 2019 Take a celebratory slide down trapdoor ride Scorpion’s Tail or ride the Black Anaconda water roller coaster. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit the Wisconsin Dells for an overnight adventure," 14 July 2019 Kaline’s throw beat Rivera by more than five feet, and all Boone had to do was apply the tag when Rivera arrived via a headfirst slide. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, "65 years ago today, Al Kaline did something amazing for the Detroit Tigers," 7 July 2019 GulfQuest will offer $5 museum tours 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a water slide with $5 admission for an all-day pass. Lawrence Specker |,, "July 4 on the coast: Fireworks shows in Mobile, Baldwin," 3 July 2019 More good news emerged on the injury front An MRI revealed that Stephen Piscotty did not tear anything in his knee following a very awkward slide into second base in Anaheim. Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "A’s were last team to face Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs before his death," 2 July 2019 Carrie Pase, 43, was unresponsive after falling down a slide near the Carlanna Lake Trail before 8 p.m., troopers said. Anchorage Daily News, "Texas woman dies in 500-foot fall during hike near Ketchikan," 2 July 2019 The exterior features a slide that is accessible from the interior loft. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid Playhouse arrives at Minute Maid Park," 30 June 2019 The reward for reaching the top is a slide back down inside a chute. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: A plan for 2040? How ’bout let’s start with 2019," 29 June 2019

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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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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


\ ˈslīd How to pronounce slide (audio) \

Medical Definition of slide

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

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