\ 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
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

Raising the stakes, Europe’s economy has stumbled, with Germany’s export powerhouse wobbling and Italy sliding into recession. Tom Fairless, WSJ, "Europe’s Biggest Job Opening in Years: President of the ECB," 11 Feb. 2019 To complement her dress, Chloë found a pair of two-inch white satin Manolo Blahnik slides that possessed a certain Old World charm. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream: This Bride Wore Custom Giambattista Valli for Her Wedding in the Hamptons," 6 Feb. 2019 Add a quarter cup of popcorn kernels to the bottom half of the Air Basket, top it with the top half of the Air Basket, and slide it into the June. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 View this post on Instagram Sounds like somebody’s been sliding into @MichaelBJordan’s DMs. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Grills Michael B. Jordan on His Dating Habits," 21 Nov. 2018 Recruiting has also slid along with fan attendance at Kenan Stadium. Aaron Beard, The Seattle Times, "Mack Brown eager to ‘fix things’ in taking over Tar Heels," 27 Nov. 2018 Right after Grant slid over Ehlinger’s back, the Texas QB rose out of his crouch and scrambled 17 yards for a first down to help sustain the Longhorns’ second touchdown drive. Brett Martel, The Seattle Times, "Georgia done in by unusual rash of miscues in Sugar Bowl," 1 Jan. 2019 Rinse the racks, let dry, and slide them back into place. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly," 18 Dec. 2018 Then, carefully slide a spatula around and under the bottom of the cake and invert it onto a cutting board. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Here’s How to Make 2018’s Most-Googled Food," 12 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tucked away on the property, and reached by a meandering path, is a second lagoon-style swimming pool complete with a snaking water slide, baja shelf and grotto. Neal J. Leitereg, The Seattle Times, "Filmmaker hopes to make a splash with sale of compound with two pools," 9 Oct. 2018 Enjoy the water slide, DJ and other activities, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at El Prado Park, 4500 El Mar Drive. Dan White,, "Fort Lauderdale and Oakland Park area events, July 4-14," 30 June 2018 Aside from the usual restaurants and bars, this cruise ship includes a virtual reality bungee trampoline, two racer water slides, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag room, an escape room, and a surf simulator. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Royal Caribbean Aims to Appeal to Millennials with Shorter Trips and More Entertainment," 26 June 2018 On weekends, 300 to 400 people come to the facility, which includes water slides, hoses, sprinklers and play equipment. From Staff Reports,, "With hot weekend ahead, Latonia Water Park closed for emergency repairs," 15 June 2018 Kendall's latest bikini pic is actually a slide show of two different videos showing off her modeling skills. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner's Bikini Video Was Basically a Cute Way to Flirt With Ben Simmons," 10 Jan. 2019 The final slide brings the video full circle, with present-day Charles standing beside his mother. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Royal Family Wished Prince Charles a Happy 70th Birthday with a Special Video," 14 Nov. 2018 Image Click on the slide show to see this week’s featured properties: In Sea Cliff, N.Y., a three-bedroom, one-bath, 1955 ranch-style house on about 0.25 acres by Scudders Pond with a den, an unfinished basement and a wood deck. New York Times, "Homes for Sale in New York and Connecticut," 5 July 2018 As the show’s 80 or so works, video slide shows and film clips demonstrate, rarely has an optical phenomenon threaded its way through so many aspects of modern culture, from mass-market fads to avant-garde art. Susan Delson, WSJ, "In a Los Angeles Exhibition, 3-D in All Its Dimensions," 29 June 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


\ ˈslīd \

Medical Definition of slide

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

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