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

Sam later slid into James' DMs and the two started talking. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Take Away from James Charles' 41-Minute Response to the Tati Westbrook Feud," 20 May 2019 Gold prices slid Friday, dropping for the second consecutive session with the dollar surging. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Gold Slides With Dollar Rallying," 17 May 2019 Again, this is a bigger topic, but when the lining of your gut becomes more permeable, undigested food particles can slide into your blood stream triggering an immune system response. Steven Macari, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 9 Best Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies," 15 May 2019 When work hours are over, the raw wood desk can slide open to reveal a keyboard—and voilà, the workspace is a leisure one. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This 300-Square-Foot Apartment Makes Ingenious Use of Every Centimeter of Space," 30 Apr. 2019 The jigsaw puzzle piece wall also pulls together the swing set and slide combo together nicely. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Company Let Kids Draw Their Dream Rooms—And Then Brought Them to Life," 19 Apr. 2019 This guy ghosted me over a year ago and out of the blue is sliding into my DMs again. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Fishing for Answers: Should I Give Him a Second Chance After He Ghosted Me?," 17 Apr. 2019 The Iowa First, which Blum has represented since 2015, was always going to be competitive, but since the ethics scandal broke, Cook has slid it from Toss-Up to the Lean Democratic column. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The 4 Republican scandals that could tip the 2018 midterms, explained," 5 Nov. 2018 Cook Political Report recently slid the race from Likely Republican to Lean Republican. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2 House Republicans who put it all on the line for Obamacare repeal could lose Tuesday," 5 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Sunday, merchants at Tehran's mobile phone shopping centers Aladdin and Charsou shut their shops to protest against the rial's slide, Fars news agency reported. Andrew Torchia, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iran bans over 1,300 imports amid protests over its plunging currency," 26 June 2018 Another video showed Cindy McCain slipping down a slide by herself, laughing hard. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "John McCain, family celebrate Independence Day in Arizona with giant water slides," 4 July 2018 July 4 beach reading: Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Who’s reading your Gmail?," 3 July 2018 Sabathia began his 19th and final big league season with five stellar innings, pinch-hitter Luke Voit came through with a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh and New York one-hit the Chicago White Sox 4-0 Saturday to end a four-game slide. Jake Seiner, The Seattle Times, "Sabathia cruises in return from angioplasty, Yanks 1-hit CHW," 13 Apr. 2019 The water villas at Jumeirah Vittavelli will take your photo-ready vacation above and beyond with their out-of-this-world accommodations, including a huge slide attached to your villa. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "There’s a Slide Attached to This Resort in The Maldives, And You Need To Go," 8 Apr. 2019 Courier and messenger firms that deliver packages to homes and businesses added 1,800 jobs last month, recovering from a February slide when payrolls shrank by nearly 10,000. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Truckers Cut Payrolls As Freight Demand Softens," 5 Apr. 2019 The down-to-earth couple began their romance in a refreshingly normal way, with encouragement from mutual friends and a DM slide from Jonas. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Reveals the Super Normal Way She and Joe Jonas First Met," 1 Apr. 2019 One of my favorite rides is a slide that shoots you into a giant pool like a cannonball. Seventeen Editors, Seventeen, "23 Juicy Spring Break Confessions That Actually Happened," 5 Feb. 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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