- Glide is defined as to move easily or flow smoothly.
- An example of glide is a sail boat flowing over the water.
- An example of glide is slowly spreading peanut butter on a piece of toast.
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- to flow or move smoothly and easily, as in skating
- to move by or pass gradually and almost unnoticed, as time
- to fly in a glider
- to descend with little or no engine power, using airflow to control lift
- Music, Phonet. to make a glide
Origin: Middle English gliden from Old English glidan, akin to German gleiten, probably from Indo-European an unverified form ghlei-dh (from base an unverified form ĝhel-, to shine from source glass, glow)
- the act of gliding; smooth, easy flow or movement
- ☆ a small disk or ball, as of nylon, attached to the underside of furniture legs, etc. to allow easy sliding
- Music, loosely a slur, portamento, or the like
- an intermediate sound produced in the transition of the speech organs from the position for one sound to that for another
- the nonsyllabic vowel in a diphthong
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verb glid·ed, glid·ing, glides verb, intransitive
- To move in a smooth, effortless manner: a submarine gliding through the water. See Synonyms at slide.
- To move silently and furtively.
- To occur or pass imperceptibly.
- To fly without propulsion. Used of an aircraft.
- Music To blend one tone into the next; slur.
- Linguistics To articulate a glide in speech.
- The act of gliding.
- Music A slur.
- Linguistics a. The transitional sound produced by passing from the articulatory position of one speech sound to that of another.b. See semivowel.
Origin: Middle English gliden, from Old English glīdan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
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