\ 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 : 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 When the other kids started to leave, the young boy tried to slide off the table and grabbed onto the edge to keep himself stable. Georgia Slater,, "Illinois Boy, 5, Killed After Table Crushes Him at Wedding in 'Terrible Accident'," 12 Sep. 2020 The trailers have slide out stoves for cooking and also offer refrigerators and freezers. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "The latest trend in RV'ing: Getting way off the grid," 7 Sep. 2020 But Brock never attempted to slide and left fielder Willie Horton's strong throw arrived in time for catcher Bill Freehan to tag him out. CBS News, "Lou Brock, Hall of Fame outfielder, has died at 81," 6 Sep. 2020 Even so, when Biden and Harris raised their hands, the arm extension would have caused his sleeve to slide down and show his watch. Devon Link, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Joe Biden delivered his Democratic nomination acceptance speech live," 26 Aug. 2020 The future park at Irishtown Bend is part of a larger project to stabilize a curving, brush-covered hillside that threatens to slide into the river and block shipping to upstream industries including the ArcelorMittal steel mill. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Visions, money, construction proceeding at different speeds for Canal Basin Park, Irishtown Bend Park," 23 Aug. 2020 The third option would be to play Buster Skrine on the outside and slide him inside to nickel in sub packages. Brad Biggs,, "Will Jaylon Johnson be the 1st Bears rookie cornerback in 24 years to start in Week 1? The clock is ticking on the 2nd-round pick.," 20 Aug. 2020 Once the shell is opened up, take a knife and slide it into the meat and open it up a little. Chuck Blount,, "Chuck’s Food Shack: How to grill a seafood bounty of Alaskan king crab legs and lobster tails," 17 Aug. 2020 To thaw, simply set the turkey on a large rimmed baking sheet and slide it in the fridge. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "How to Perfectly Cook a 20-Pound Thanksgiving Turkey," 2 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During their 5-15 slide earlier this month, the Yankees fell to the eighth seed. James Wagner, New York Times, "Yankees Clinch Playoff Berth in Pandemic-Shortened Season," 20 Sep. 2020 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.1%, while the Nasdaq cut its slide to less than 0.1%. Arkansas Online, "Federal Reserve foresees interest rates near zero, plans to push inflation," 16 Sep. 2020 The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 1.1%, while the Nasdaq cut its slide to less than 0.1%. Christopher Rugaber,, "Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates near zero at least through 2023," 16 Sep. 2020 Interested in creating your own contactless candy slide? Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "This Family’s DIY Contactless Candy Slide Just Won Halloween," 14 Sep. 2020 Has the move to center played a role in his offensive slide? Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Avisaíl García has been a team player as the Brewers' starter in center, but 'it's been a grind'," 11 Sep. 2020 Shares of major energy producers were stung by the drop in crude prices, with the S&P 500 energy sector extending its year-to-date slide to about 45%. Joe Wallace, WSJ, "Oil Prices Tumble on Faltering Recovery in Demand," 8 Sep. 2020 First-half profit at Lego jumped 11% compared with the same period last year, as revenue climbed 14% to DKK 15.7 billion ($2.4 billion), while Hasbro, Mattel, and action-figure and doll maker Jakks Pacific saw their sales slide. Karen Ho, Quartz, "Legos are proving to be the perfect pandemic toy," 4 Sep. 2020 The lifted restrictions come as the state's COVID-19 metrics continue their downward slide. Cole Lauterbach, Washington Examiner, "Arizona falls off more state quarantine lists," 27 Aug. 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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“Slide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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