\ 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 It might get knocked down by a defender or slide down in a scramble for a loose ball. Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, "Departures, safety concerns ripple through ranks of Minnesota high school basketball officials," 15 Feb. 2021 Smith, a dynamic ex-Forth Bend Dulles star who can slide back and forth between receiver and running back, led the Aggies in receiving yards (564) and tied with Wydermyer for tops on the team in touchdown catches (six). Brent Zwerneman, San Antonio Express-News, "For Texas A&M, recruiting hotbed lies just down the road," 2 Feb. 2021 When moving into a likely spot for a setup, stay low, be silent, and slide in quietly. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, "Coyote Nation: A Crash Course in Coyote Hunting," 25 Jan. 2021 Nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, parents across the country — and the world — are watching their children slide down an increasingly slippery path into an all-consuming digital life. Matt Richtel, New York Times, "Children’s Screen Time Has Soared in the Pandemic, Alarming Parents and Researchers," 16 Jan. 2021 There is a chance of showers at night, when lows slide into the 40s. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Light snow or flurries possible early today, while it stays cold through midweek," 7 Dec. 2020 If James Bond was a deer hunter, then the new Micro Cam Lightsout from Wildgame Innovations would be something Q would slide into the glove box of his Aston Martin. Field & Stream, "The Deer Hunter’s Holiday Gift Guide," 23 Nov. 2020 The technician then uses a microfiber swab to gently slide your old lashes off, repeating the process until all the synthetic fibers (and residual glue) are removed. Hannah Morrill, Marie Claire, "How to Safely Remove Eyelash Extensions, According to Pros," 29 Dec. 2020 Brady smiled, then plopped down her bucket and started scooping up the dark crust, which lifted from the soil as easily as brownies slide off a pan., "How researchers hope to preserve and restore 'biocrust,' the desert's protective skin," 8 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, Xiaomi’s stock slide in Hong Kong is evidence that the company has taken a hit. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "U.S. shocks investors by adding the ‘Apple of China’ to its latest blacklist," 15 Jan. 2021 The slide is reportedly near the footbridge at Pittock Mansion turnoff. oregonlive, "Landslide closes I-84 east at Troutdale: Road closure list for metro area," 13 Jan. 2021 The slide was not in a burn area, but instead resulted from prolonged, torrential rains that saturated the soils and turned them to liquid. Los Angeles Times, "‘These mountains could turn into jelly.’ Above Santa Cruz, residents fear devastating mudslides," 8 Dec. 2020 The Vols’ current slide is their first five-game losing streak since 1988. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Florida at Tennessee by the numbers: Vols tough in 12th month," 5 Dec. 2020 Yeah slide is extremely popular (which celebrities from Selena Gomez to Madonna are obsessed with). Reviewed Staff, USA TODAY, "100 amazing gifts for every type of person and budget," 30 Oct. 2020 The market's slide was broad, though technology, health care and communication stocks bore the brunt of the selling. Ken Sweet, Star Tribune, "Stocks fall on Wall Street as hopes for new virus aid fade," 19 Oct. 2020 The slide in shares was nowhere near the punch of the September 1955 news that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had a heart attack, a bulletin that sent the S&P 500 down 6.6 percent in a day. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Trump’s Coronavirus Is Another Jolt of Uncertainty for Investors," 2 Oct. 2020 And the year-over-year slide in sales was even worse in the major metros, including Austin (-79.7%), Dallas-Fort Worth (-72%) and Houston (-61.4%). Steve Brown, Dallas News, "To find Texas’ top-performing hotels, head to the coast, hills and desert," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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24 Feb 2021

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“Slide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 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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