- 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.
A sailboat glides across the water.
intransitive verbglided, gliding
- 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 of glideMiddle 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
verbglid·ed, glid·ing, glides
- To move in a smooth, effortless manner: a submarine gliding through the water. See Synonyms at slide.
- To move silently and furtively: The thief glided across the room.
- To occur or pass imperceptibly: The autumn days glided by.
- To fly without propulsion from wings or an engine.
- 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 of glideMiddle English gliden, from Old English glīdan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present glides, present participle gliding, simple past glided, glid, or (archaic) glode, past participle glided, glid, glidden, or (archaic) glode)
- (intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
- (intransitive) To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.
- To cause to glide.
- (phonetics) To pass with a glide, as the voice.