\ˈslīd \
slid\ ˈslid \; sliding\ ˈslī-​diŋ \

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

c : sliding seat

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 : a photographic transparency on a small plate or film mounted for projection

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Synonyms & Antonyms for slide

Synonyms: Verb

bowl, breeze, brush, coast, cruise, drift, flow, glide, roll, sail, skim, slip, stream, sweep, whisk

Antonyms: Verb

flounder, struggle

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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

Felipe Baloy slid to meet Ricardo Avila's free kick and score Panama's first World Cup goal. CBS News, "England advances to World Cup knockout round with resounding 6-1 win over Panama," 24 June 2018 As automotive announcements go, this particular one literally slid under the radar. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Promises, Promises," 22 June 2018 Entry was not gained to the remainder of the house because of a locked sliding door, police said. Phil Rockrohr,, "Lake Zurich police: Woman faces aggravated DUI charge following Fourth of July traffic stop," 13 July 2018 The solid metal doors have a small glass window with a sliding cover. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Report blasts Georgia solitary confinement as ‘draconian’," 10 July 2018 Santiago said family members noticed the back sliding door was unlocked and called police. Juan Ortega,, "Boy, 5, dies after being found in Lauderhill canal," 9 July 2018 The changes impose sliding-scale monthly fees, and some individuals would be locked out of coverage for failing to pay or report income changes. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "Judge Blocks Kentucky’s Plan for Work Requirements on Medicaid," 29 June 2018 Friction acts in a direction to prevent the two surfaces from sliding. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "This Tug of War With a Lion Isn't About Strength—It's About Friction," 18 June 2018 One day Letty noticed that a wastebasket under the bar was missing a magnetic lid known as a silverware trap, which catches utensils from sliding through a slot into the waste. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Deported by ICE, Blue Line manager still runs hockey bar, prays with family every day," 10 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The defendant allegedly obtained more than 50 million euros ($58 million) through the fraud, and used the money to build a villa with a large water slide. Fox News, "German pharmacist gets 12 years for diluting cancer drugs," 7 July 2018 There is also a laser tag zone set up on top of an ice rink, the signature 40-foot-long surf simulator and three-story racing water slides. Ellie Rushing,, "Royal Caribbean invests $120 million in one ship for short Bahamas cruises," 25 June 2018 There’s a beach with inflatable floating structures and water slides for youngsters; 10-mph speed limit for boats. Tom Stienstra,, "Tom Stienstra: California’s 25 best cabins on golden ponds," 20 June 2018 Its top deck offers a zip line, surf simulator and dueling water slides. Rosemary Mcclure,, "Small-ship experiences may be long on luxury, never mind unusual destinations," 11 June 2018 There was a giant water slide for the children and a game of pinata. Mary Carole Mccauley,, ""Miracle" baby celebrates his first birthday at home," 9 June 2018 The bypass machine looks futuristic, twisting and turning tubes in a pattern, much like a complicated water-slide at a funfair. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 Those on tropical islands may be unenclosed, filled with breezes and scents, and Changi Airport in Singapore contains a four-story water slide. Sasha Chapin, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: Airport Layovers," 29 May 2018 The chute — a water slide that’s carved into the New Braunfels dam — stays open until 7 p.m., though parking lots had mostly filled up by noon Sunday. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Memorial Day weekend means start of tubing season," 27 May 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 \
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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