\ 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

The 2012 Finals represents one of the decade’s great sliding doors moments, shaping a pair of franchises for years to come. Michael Shapiro,, "Ranking the Best NBA Finals of the Past Decade," 16 Sep. 2019 Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich lined out on a sliding catch by left fielder Schwarber. Bobby Nightengale,, "Cincinnati Reds officially eliminated from the postseason after loss to Chicago Cubs," 16 Sep. 2019 Cooper suffered the injury making a sliding catch during Friday night's game. Gideon Rubin,, "Alfaro’s eighth-inning home run leads Marlins by Giants," 15 Sep. 2019 The Marlins were in position to take the lead two batters later, but second baseman Hernán Pérez threw home on a ground ball to cut down a sliding Miguel Rojas. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Marlins 2: A good time for Ryan Braun and a great time to be on a roll," 12 Sep. 2019 Only his hands marked him out, the fingers long and thin, a scholar’s hands, with the weird sliding grace of someone accustomed to ritual. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Harbor," 9 Sep. 2019 Dynabook also built in a sliding privacy shutter over its HD webcam, which doubles as a Windows Hello login mechanism. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Dynabook launches 15-inch thin-and-light Tecra X50 notebook with some big conveniences," 5 Sep. 2019 In the top of the fifth, Zobrist made a sliding stop in shallow right field to retire Kyle Seager with a runner at second to halt a rally. Mark Gonzales,, "4 takeaways from the Cubs-Mariners series, including Ben Zobrist’s return, Kyle Schwarber’s groove and Jon Lester’s bragging rights," 3 Sep. 2019 Toronto also threatened in the opening half, but the Revolution’s Andrew Farrell made a last-ditch tackle (18th), then Richie Laryea got past DeJuan Jones into the penalty area, Jones recovering with a sliding block just outside the goal area (33d). Frank Dell’apa,, "It’s Gustavo Bou again as Revs secure draw late," 1 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Steichen, at the crossroads of the art nouveau and arts-and-crafts movements, is the antidote to bumper cars and water slides. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Art Bridges’ Art Populism," 14 Sep. 2019 The best kinds slide on wheels or gliders, meaning nothing is going missing in the dark abyss that is that back corner. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Designer Trick for Maxing Out Kitchen Cabinet Storage," 11 Sep. 2019 The airline said passengers were getting off the plane normally until the captain had the remaining passengers and crewmembers evacuate through emergency slides. Cristóbal Reyes,, "JetBlue flight to Orlando made emergency landing in the Bahamas after smoke alert, airline says," 11 Sep. 2019 But the Summer Slugger online program looks to reverse the slide, and the Padres on Saturday morning rewarded a few dozen kids who took part in the computer program. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres go to bat for math and literacy," 7 Sep. 2019 Kamila Korbela, art conservator and owner of LA Art Labs, holds slides of Day-Glo fluorescent paint samples artificially aged with UVA and UVB radiation. Los Angeles Times, "Day-Glo masterpieces are fading. A conservator and her team are racing to save them," 5 Sep. 2019 Included in the launch is a slide-on sandal called the Flip, a low-block mule heel jelly named the Ladii, and a classic slip-on sandal with buckled strapping called the Hatch. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Melissa Shoes and Opening Ceremony Collaborated on a Line of Updated Jelly Sandals," 27 June 2019 Style it with slide-on loafers and a prim houndstooth peacoat for major Betty Cooper inspo. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 Keynote will use the external display as the presentation monitor and show you the next slide on the iPad, for example. Nilay Patel, The Verge, "Apple iPad Pro review 2018: the fastest iPad is still an iPad," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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