\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Bengals often use five defensive lineman fronts, and Anarumo also looks for pure pass rushers who can slide to the interior and rush past an offensive guard on passing downs. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 30 Apr. 2022 Mira and Lisa understood the hair and makeup could never slide. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 27 Apr. 2022 For nearly 20 years, Erica Mintzer has held on to a pair of sleek brown leather shoes, hoping that one day her feet will magically shrink and slide back into the pricey pumps with ease. Washington Post, 27 Apr. 2022 Nonetheless, the government will not want the CNY to slide too much versus the US dollar to avoid being called a currency manipulator. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 In my estimation, Penning competes right away to start at right tackle, allowing Pro Bowler Elgton Jenkins to slide back inside to guard and contend for All-Pro honors. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2022 On pass rushing downs, Stewart will come off the field and Odeyingbo will slide inside next to Paye to rush against guards. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Apr. 2022 With limited room on board, the dolls inspired a series of storage solutions that easily slide and fit inside one another to save space. CNN, 13 Apr. 2022 Snag a west-facing room with floor-to-ceiling windows, or head 13 stories up to Bar Julian and watch mammoth container ships from far-flung ports slide quietly past, day and night. Travel + Leisure, 12 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those modes should always show up first in the slide-up menu. Chris Smith, BGR, 5 May 2022 In a choreographed, nine-slide post on Instagram announcing his retirement from the N.F.L., Tom Brady thanked his family, his friends and his coaches and teammates from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2022 There's also a two-tier slide-out organizer for larger items like body lotions and hair care products. Lily Gray,, 9 Jan. 2022 The nearly seven feet of extra space in the slide-out section is meant to be used as a dedicated bedroom and can accommodate two adults. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2021 Inside linebacker Patrick Queen can’t afford to back-slide. Jonas Shaffer,, 9 Dec. 2021 Brizard was a land-slide winner for the award with 260 points from voting by the Michigan Interscholastic Volleyball Coaches Association, which partners with the Free Press on the annual award. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2021 That’s why this slide-out solution from Pull Kitchen caught my eye. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 1 Oct. 2021 But Cleveland’s late-season slide, combined with Toronto’s second-half surge, likely played a role in the outcome. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 23 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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