\ 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

In Game 2, Utley slid hard and late, past the second-base bag and into the New York Mets' Ruben Tejada in a clear attempt to break up a double play, ultimately breaking Tejada's leg in the process. Scott Boeck, USA TODAY, "Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley plans to retire at end of the 2018 season," 13 July 2018 Developing-nation stocks slid almost 9 percent this year after a stellar 35 percent rally in 2017. Fortune, "This Metric Shows Emerging-Market Stocks Are Cheap, Cheap, Cheap," 6 July 2018 Mike Browne in 1971 Clay Center Community High School yearbook Klocke loaded the cannon with gunpowder, tapped it down, slid in five or six ball bearings and tapped them down, too. Cortlynn Stark, kansascity, "50 years after 'mysterious metal' put hole in Kansas school, July 4 pranksters fess up," 2 July 2018 The peso has slid about 10 percent since mid-April. Nacha Cattan And Eric Martin / Bloomberg, Time, "Mexicans Go to the Polls With Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on the Brink of Historic Victory," 1 July 2018 On a cold Sunday afternoon, the glass doors to the Providence Alaska Medical Center emergency room slid open and two young women strode passed each other. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "The story of one Anchorage car theft — as told by both the victim and the thief," 1 July 2018 But what's happening now is quickly sliding down a slippery slope toward harassment, denial of service and abusive behavior. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Targeting Trump aides: The politics of rage is out of control," 26 June 2018 Someone shattered a sliding-glass door but the alarm did not go off. Austen Erblat,, "West Boca crime log: June 23-July 1," 13 July 2018 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, idahostatesman, "Stuck in traffic jams, asking who's to blame? The answer depends on who you ask.," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite being voted into the starting lineup for the sixth time and making the squad for the seventh, Trout injured his thumb on a head-first slide and missed last year’s festivities. Ethan Bauer,, "Mike Trout named an All-Star starter, but Andrelton Simmons still needs your vote," 8 July 2018 Analysts said that cooperation also could be on the line if the relationship between the two countries continues on downward slide under Mexico's new administration. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Under new president, Mexico's cooperation on immigration and security could be at risk," 8 July 2018 Cory Hahn, a 26th-round pick of the Padres out of Santa Ana Mater Dei in 2010, was paralyzed from the chest down after snapping his neck on a head-first slide into second base in his third game with the Sun Devils. John Maffei,, "Three Pirates pitchers celebrate San Diego homecoming," 28 June 2018 Marcos Rogue keeps the inning going by reaching base safely on a head-first slide into first base that loads the bases (grounder to the shortstop) and ends the day for DP starter Cort Roedig. J.c. Carnahan,, "Inning-by-Inning: Timber Creek defeats Dr. Phillips in state semifinal," 2 June 2018 This took us exactly 37 minutes to convince @joelembiid to go down the slide. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "76ers co-owner pokes fun at Joel Embiid for chickening out of giant water slide," 19 May 2018 Some tickets to the festival also include entry to the nearby Clay’s Park Adventure Waterpark, where attendees can cool off on water slides., "Ohio music festival guide 2018: 31 shows from Cleveland to Cincinnati," 10 May 2018 After Carlos Correa overthrew a relay, Pollock collided with Bregman's legs on a slide. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch calls MLB searching for answers after questionable call against Diamondbacks," 7 May 2018 Down a spiral slide, the other packages slated for that truck are waiting. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Robotics-heavy Amazon fulfillment center creates 2,000 jobs for humans in KCK | The Kansas City Star," 30 Apr. 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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