\ 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



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


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 the backroom, there are plastic bags with seedlings growing inside hanging on the sliding glass doors. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Why a seemingly chaotic pre-K class may be the best kind," 28 June 2019 An investigation revealed the suspects entered the residence after breaking a rear sliding glass door and took jewelry for a total loss of about $100,000. Rachel Spacek, The Mercury News, "Saratoga crime report for the week of July 5," 27 June 2019 The tip of a 2-year-old Flagler County boy’s thumb was severed after his mother, upset after being awakened by deputies, slammed a sliding glass door on his hand, the sheriff’s office said. Stephen Ruiz,, "Florida mom arrested after slammed door severs part of 2-year-old son’s thumb," 27 June 2019 The previous record for a sports photo sold at auction was $77,098 for an original image of Charles Conlon’s iconic Ty Cobb sliding photo from 1910. Marc Bona,, "Cleveland sports items top $65,000 at auction; Ruth photo sets record," 24 June 2019 Just slide the seats, bulkhead, and other parts inside—the floorboards wrap around the whole package to form the shell of the suitcase. Adrienne So, WIRED, "Oru's Haven Fold-Up Kayak Is a Work of Oar-igami Art," 24 June 2019 More than once they were startled awake by DeAngelo on the small patch of grass outside his sliding glass doors. Tribune News Service,, "The Man in the Window: Closing in on DeAngelo (Part Four)," 23 June 2019 Transform: Where plates slide past each other horizontally; also called fracture zones because the stress typically causes splintering into numerous faults, or fractures. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 The van had scratches on the side and a sliding door. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Police ask for information in attempted Lakewood kidnapping," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Stanton was hurt on a headfirst slide against Toronto on Tuesday night., "UConn is leaving AAC to make a return to the Big East," 26 June 2019 The park was the site of an accident in 2016, in which a 10-year-old boy was killed on a new water slide. Susan Glaser,, "Cedar Fair buys Schlitterbahn water parks in Texas," 13 June 2019 The boat show will also feature dozens of seminars and exhibits, including fishing demonstrations at a 4,000-gallon aquarium filled with live bass, as well as a kids' play area where children can bungee jump, fish and play on inflatable slides. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Boat show billed as largest in Texas sailing into Houston this week," 11 June 2019 The two panels on the back bar slide open, serving as a connection between the kitchen and the bar. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Kumiko Is a New Bar in Chicago That Will Instantly Transport You to Japan," 11 June 2019 Smear ancient mud on glass slides to search for signs of life. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "Here's what Antarctica's calving glaciers look like up close," 12 Mar. 2019 Courtesy of inTechRV Like most teardrops, the kitchen is accessed from the rear, and the Luna trailers feature a stainless steel sink, a 12-volt refrigerator on a slide out tray, and a two-burner stainless steel gas cooktop. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Lightweight camper trailer can be towed by most cars," 24 Aug. 2018 Is the country of Lincoln, MLK and JFK on an irreversible slide towards the rhetoric of the sewer? The Economist, "American political rhetoric is sliding towards the sewer," 21 June 2018 This means that biological samples tend to be single cell layers grown on a thin glass slide, which is not a very realistic scenario. Jonathan Nylk, Scientific American, "Bendy Laser Beams Can Examine Human Tissue Like Never Before," 23 May 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 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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