slide

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

slide

noun

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

Disguised as a tailor shop called Tailor’s Union, this hidden speakeasy is revealed when a host takes you through a sliding door and into The Pocket lounge. Brittney Oliver, Essence, "Black City Guide: 72 Hours in Memphis," 9 Sep. 2019 Next to the front door, sunlight pours through a large, sliding garage door. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "New Fort Lauderdale brewery Orchestrated Minds makes formal debut on Friday," 4 Sep. 2019 Past the pale pink banquettes in Indianola's main dining room, and behind a sliding door at the rear of Miss Carousel, an interior bar, some two dozen guests feasted by candlelight. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Former denim designers behind Current/Elliott debut exclusive Pottery Barn collection at Indianola," 29 Aug. 2019 The spiral staircase or the roof terrace’s sliding doors lend themselves to an organic, almost sensual flow. Vogue, "With a New Dance Series, Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye Becomes an Unlikely Stage," 23 Aug. 2019 Inside, a kitchen block sits inside the sliding door and boasts an electric cooktop, a refrigerator, and a sink. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Four-wheel-drive camper van is prepped for off-grid adventure," 19 Aug. 2019 The Meadow has expandable sliding doors that open to the outdoor kitchen, brick fireplace and seating under a covered porch. oregonlive.com, "2019 Street of Dreams: Modern farmhouse has high-tech features," 16 Aug. 2019 The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks slid 43.05 points, or 2.8%, to 1,467.52. Dallas News, "Dow falls 800 points in its biggest decline of the year, reacting to bad news at home and abroad," 14 Aug. 2019 The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks slid 43.05 points, or 2.8%, to 1,467.52. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga, chicagotribune.com, "Warning of possible recession sends ripple through U.S. markets and Dow plummeting 800 points," 14 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The play happened in the fourth quarter when NAU backup quarterback Heath Beemiller went into a slide. Michael Lev, azcentral, "Kevin Sumlin seeks growth from Arizona Wildcats after painful second half against NAU," 10 Sep. 2019 To make this structured liquid, Helms and his collaborators first coated the microscope slide in a pattern of a water-repelling plastic, which determines the shape of the canal. Wired, "Unusual Fluids Flip, Twirl, and Redefine How Liquids Work," 9 Sep. 2019 That abrogation of property rights started the slide in the Zimbabwean dollar’s value. David B. Moore, Quartz Africa, "The many failures and betrayals of Robert Mugabe to his people," 7 Sep. 2019 But the reality is most people’s output slides in quantity and quality as their addiction progresses. Joel Lewin, Quartz, "There’s no such thing as a “functioning alcoholic”," 5 Sep. 2019 Under Armour is in its third year of a restructuring aimed at stabilizing business and reversing a slide in sales, particularly in North America. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Under Armour hires new head of North American business," 5 Sep. 2019 On Wall Street, technology companies drove a slide in U.S. stocks Tuesday as markets reopened following a holiday weekend and the latest round of tariff hikes by Beijing and Washington on each other’s imports. Washington Post, "HK stocks surge on withdrawal of law that sparked protests," 4 Sep. 2019 The fire at the park on West Meinecke Avenue and North 37th Street was reported about 1:25 p.m. One fire engine responded for a report of a slide on fire and firefighters were on scene for about half an hour, Deputy Fire Chief Todd VanRoo said. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Firefighters respond to Milwaukee playground equipment fire; 14-year-old arrested," 1 Sep. 2019 After about 35 minutes, Chamberlin wraps up and points to a slide with a photo of the city in autumn. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "The Fine Line Campus Tour Guides Walk—Backwards," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of slide

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slide

Verb

Middle English, from Old English slīdan; akin to Middle High German slīten to slide

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slide

verb

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

slide

noun

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

slide

verb
\ 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.

slide

noun

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

slide

noun
\ 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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