\ 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 The brain slides back and forth inside the skull in liquid. oregonlive, "WaveCel bursts onto the bike scene, expands into Wilsonville facility," 16 Sep. 2019 The moon slides to the south of M-45 the Pleiades star cluster. Arnold Pearlstein,, "The Stars This Week: Sept. 15-21," 15 Sep. 2019 Overall white-collar unionisation slid to 9.5% last year, down from 11% a decade before. The Economist, "Beleaguered unions seek members beyond the factory floor," 12 Sep. 2019 Rodney, a junior, displayed some of the diving and slide tackling and kicked away numerous balls to thwart North East scoring chances. Randy Mcroberts,, "Aberdeen drops field hockey game to North East," 12 Sep. 2019 After three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, South Carolina slid back to the middle of the SEC East pack. Michael Casagrande |, al, "The day South Carolina stunned Alabama and set the state ‘on fire’," 10 Sep. 2019 Williams slid to the second round of the draft, perhaps due to concerns about his willingness to be physical, questions that will quickly get answered in the rough and tumble AFC North. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019 When the gel is crumbling or sliding off, gently use a rubber-ended cuticle pusher to clean the gel off of your nail bed (do not file or scrape!). 7. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "13 Things You Need To Know Before Getting a Gel Manicure," 6 Sep. 2019 But sliding into that booth and knowing you‘re about to get an unlimited salad bar and not really caring how many days the lettuce has been in there. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Darren McCarty to answer 'hot questions' during chicken wing challenge," 5 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jake Curtis of Cal Bears Maven: Things go from bad to worse for the Pac-12′s L.A. schools, Stanford slides, Arizona State escapes. oregonlive, "It’s time for the Oregon Ducks’ offensive line to play to its reputation: Issues & Answers," 16 Sep. 2019 Thirty-six slides per container, about 30 containers per box. New York Times, "Cindy Crawford, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan: An ’80s Fashion Mystery," 15 Sep. 2019 Kids will have fun, too, with a climbing wall, slide, obstacle course, bounce houses, balloon art and more. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "The ultimate guide to Oktoberfest in Colorado, 2019 edition," 13 Sep. 2019 For teens and adults, there’s a giant slide, merry-go-round, flying swings, the Zippin Pippin roller coaster and a new Ferris wheel that offers views of the bay. Amy Nelson, Twin Cities, "Green Bay Game Plan," 10 Sep. 2019 Hughton was then replaced by Alan Shearer, who couldn't stop the slide, and Newcastle were inevitably relegated., "Ranking the Success of Premier League Managers Who Returned to Their Former Clubs," 8 Sep. 2019 Max, who loves going down the slide, smiled often Thursday, while Major and the boys’ sister, Malena, were very busy taking their turns on much of the equipment at the playground. Chuck Fieldman,, "Anniversary celebration for Oak Brook’s Universal Playground soaked with sunshine," 7 Sep. 2019 Safety concerns over rock slides, in part, lead to the overnight closures. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Severe storm brings flash flooding to south metro Denver, hail in the foothills, mudslide along I-70," 7 Sep. 2019 Kids will love the huge inflatable double slide, face painting, balloon animals and more. Jennifer Boehm,, "Things to do with the kids this weekend: ArtsLaunch, Kids Expo, Grandparent’s Day," 6 Sep. 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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The first known use of slide was before the 12th century

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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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