slide

verb
\ 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

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

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 No collections; pickups slide one day to the end of the week. Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2022 If there’s any movement, slide a yoga mat under the chair. Sara Lindberg, SELF, 10 Jan. 2022 At their most extreme, habits can slide into addictions and compulsions, patterns that resist our conscious efforts to break them. Meghan O’gieblyn, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Place hands on décolleté slowly slide your hands up the neck, over the face then onto the forehead and repeat. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 If Hudson is able to play, Max Garcia could slide over from center to take over for Jones. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 27 Dec. 2021 For work, pair it with a chic loafer, maybe over a turtleneck too; then just slide into heels for your night out. Monica Mendal, Vogue, 22 Dec. 2021 Second-row seats can slide back and forth and are removable. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 18 Dec. 2021 The center console can slide back and forth, and the rear bench seat also slides and reclines. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 16 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Murray went 19 of 34 for 137 yards and two interceptions for the Cardinals (11-7), who followed their 10-2 start with a 1-5 slide. Greg Beacham, ajc, 18 Jan. 2022 Murray went 19 of 34 for 137 yards and two interceptions for the Cardinals (11-7), who followed their 10-2 start with a 1-5 slide. Greg Beacham, chicagotribune.com, 18 Jan. 2022 With a 1-4 slide to end the regular season and a blowout loss to the Rams in the wild-card round, will the Cardinals make a coaching change? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2022 Murray went 19 of 34 for 137 yards and two interceptions for the Cardinals (11-7), who followed their 10-2 start with a 1-5 slide. Greg Beacham, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Its floors move like a conveyor belt and its staircase can transform into a slide. Stephen Humphries, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Nov. 2021 The senior keeper snuffed out a Hawks run with a slide at the top of the box and cleared the ball away. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 14 Nov. 2021 An ABC News/Ipsos poll out Sunday underscored the extent to which the president's approval rating has been battered across a range of issues, with a slide that began over the summer continuing on the force of independents in particular. Rick Klein, ABC News, 1 Nov. 2021 Last ranked: 18 Even though the team is finally healthy for the first time in over a year, the Stars have surprised with an early-season slide. Mary Clarke, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Slide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/slide. Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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 : decline
: 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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