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

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 But if those precautions slide, the next surge could look a lot like what's happening in MIchigan. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Michigan is overwhelmed by another COVID-19 surge, this one driven by young people. Is Wisconsin next?," 10 Apr. 2021 Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes, then slide onto a cutting board and cut into 8 even squares. Jessica Battilana, San Francisco Chronicle, "Spring onions and bacon jump-start this easy breezy tart," 9 Apr. 2021 Brush off any excess flour, wrap tightly in plastic, and slide onto a baking sheet or cutting board. The Salt Lake Tribune, "How to make stunning croissants at home," 9 Apr. 2021 Garlick's throw was as perfect as Simmons', and Cabrera didn't even slide before being tagged out. Phil Miller, Star Tribune, "Twins edge Tigers 3-2, win series in Detroit," 7 Apr. 2021 The 25-year-old with 26 games under his belt gobbled ground to rush in, slide and snare a slicing ball off the bat of Wilmer Flores in the second inning. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres maturing depth stumbles, shines in loss to Giants," 7 Apr. 2021 London may still slide back inside this fall, Colbert clarified. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s Drake London missed an elite run in basketball to continue his rise in football," 6 Apr. 2021 Lift the grill and oven lids, and slide the pizza onto the steel. Devin Stewart, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Pizza Oven for Your Grill," 3 Apr. 2021 There's enough space to seat six people and the stools slide smoothly underneath the table. Megan Oster,, "Best patio essentials 2021," 2 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First-base umpire Paul Runge ruled that Butler had drifted too far right of the base on his slide and interfered with Griffin’s throw. Los Angeles Times, "Greatest moments in Dodger history No. 6: Orel Hershiser’s scoreless innings streak," 12 Apr. 2021 Kids looked forward to Bernie Brewer taking his new slide for a spin and spooning ice cream in plastic baseball cap bowls. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Nothing like being at the ballpark': Fans returning to stadium experience simple joys of Brewers opening day," 1 Apr. 2021 The Wings generated just one goal during their slide, as the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators recorded shutouts against them and the Predators pounded them 7-1 on Thursday. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings wake up early in 3-1 win over Columbus Blue Jackets," 28 Mar. 2021 The Hurricanes, who won eight in a row before their recent three-game slide, have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 12 games. Nicole Kraft, Star Tribune, "Nedeljkovic, Hurricanes shut out Blue Jackets 3-0," 22 Mar. 2021 But his headfirst slide was jarring and Tatis missed the next five Cactus League games., "Red Sox legends miss not being at spring training," 20 Mar. 2021 Stocks began their slide following midday comments from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell, who was speaking at a Wall Street Journal event. Lee Clifford, Fortune, "The stock market’s gains for 2021 have nearly been wiped out," 4 Mar. 2021 Her daughter moved in temporarily to stem her slide. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "How the coronavirus devastated a generation," 3 Mar. 2021 Although the last two trading days saw sharp reversals from early declines, tech has continued its multiple-week slide. - Investing Reimagined, Forbes, "Top Stocks To Buy Today As Tech Leads Declines Again," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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12 Apr 2021

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“Slide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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