- The definition of a slide is a smooth movement or a surface designed for a smooth movement.
- An example of a slide is when a window is pushed up to let in the breeze.
- An example of a slide is a piece of playground equipment that children ride down.
- To slide is defined as to smoothly move over a surface, or to shift down or decrease.
- An example of to slide is to glide across the ice.
- An example of to slide is for prices to drop.
intransitive verbslid , slid′ing
- to move along in constant frictional contact with some surface or substance: windows that slide open
- to move in this manner on a sled, the feet, etc. in contact with a smooth surface, esp. snow or ice
- to move quietly and smoothly; glide
- to move stealthily or unobtrusively
- to shift from a position; slip: the wet cup slid from his hand
- to pass gradually (into or out of some condition): to slide into bad habits
- Baseball to drop down and slide along the ground toward a base to avoid being tagged out
Origin of slideMiddle English sliden from Old English slidan from Indo-European an unverified form (s)leidh-, slippery from base an unverified form (s)lei-, slimy, slippery from source lime, slick, slime
- to cause to slide; make move with a smooth, gliding motion
- to move, place, or slip quietly, deftly, or stealthily (in or into)
- an act of sliding
- a smooth, usually inclined track, surface, or chute down which to slide, as on a playground
- something that works by sliding; part that slides or is slid on
- a photographic transparency mounted for use with a viewer or projector
- a small glass plate used as a mounting for objects to be examined under a microscope
- the fall of a mass of rock, snow, earth, etc. down a slope
- the mass that falls
Origin of slideso called because the wearer's foot can slide into it easily a heelless and, often, toeless shoe, usually for casual wear
- an ornament made up of two or more notes ascending or descending to a principal note
- a -shaped section of tubing which is moved to change the pitch of certain brass instruments, esp. the trombone
let something slide
verbslid, slid·ing, slides
- a. To move over a surface while maintaining smooth continuous contact.b. To participate in a sport that involves such movement: sliding for a medal in luge.c. To lose a secure footing or positioning; slip: slid on the ice and fell.d. To pass smoothly and quietly; glide: slid past the door without anyone noticing.e. Baseball To drop down from a running into a lying or diving position when approaching a base so as to avoid being tagged out.
- To be ignored or not dealt with; drop: Let the matter slide.
- a. To decrease: Prices slid in morning trading.b. To become less favorable or less desirable: Economic conditions have begun to slide.
- To cause to slide or slip: slid the glass down to the other end of the counter.
- To place covertly or deftly: slid the stolen merchandise into his pocket.
- A sliding movement or action.
- a. A smooth, usually inclined surface or track for sliding: a water slide.b. A playground apparatus for children to slide on, typically consisting of a smooth chute climbed onto by means of a ladder.
- A part that operates by sliding, as the U-shaped section of tube on a trombone that is moved to change the pitch.
- A period of decline or loss: “The semiconductor industry is heading for a cyclical slide” ( New York Times )
- a. An image on a transparent base for projection on a screen.b. One of a series of images projected digitally as part of a presentation.c. A small glass plate for mounting specimens to be examined under a microscope.
- A fall of a mass of rock, earth, or snow down a slope; an avalanche or landslide.
- A backless shoe with an open toe.
- Music a. A slight portamento used in violin playing, passing quickly from one note to another.b. An ornamentation consisting of two grace notes approaching the main note.c. A small metal or glass tube worn over a finger or held in the hand, used in playing bottleneck-style guitar.d. The bottleneck style of guitar playing.
Origin of slideMiddle English sliden from Old English slīdan
(third-person singular simple present slides, present participle sliding, simple past and past participle slid)
- (ergative) To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface
- He slid the boat across the grass.
- The safe slid slowly.
- Snow slides down the side of a mountain.
- (intransitive) To move on a low-friction surface.
- The car slid on the ice.
- (intransitive, baseball) To drop down and skid into a base.
- Jones slid into second.
- (intransitive) To lose one's balance on a slippery surface.
- He slid while going around the corner.
- To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.
- to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question
- (intransitive) To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
- A ship or boat slides through the water.
- (music) To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cessation of sound.
- To pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence.
- An item of play equipment that children can climb up and then slide down again.
- The long, red slide was great fun for the kids.
- A surface of ice, snow, butter, etc. on which someone can slide for amusement or as a practical joke.
- The falling of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones down the slope of a hill or mountain; avalanche.
- The slide closed the highway.
- An inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, especially one constructed on a mountainside for conveying logs by sliding them down.
- A mechanism consisting of a part which slides on or against a guide.
- The act of sliding; smooth, even passage or progress.
- a slide on the ice
- A lever that can be moved in two directions.
- A valve that works by sliding, such as in a trombone.
- A transparent plate bearing an image to be projected to a screen.
- (baseball) The act of dropping down and skidding into a base
- (sciences) A flat, rectangular piece of glass on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope.
- (music, guitar) A hand-held device made of smooth, hard material, used in the practice of slide guitar.
- (traditional Irish music and dance) A lively dance from County Kerry, in 12/8 time.
- (geology) A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure.
- (music) A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below.
- (phonetics) A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound.
- A clasp or brooch for a belt, etc.
From Middle English sliden, from Old English slÄ«dan (“to slide"), from Proto-Germanic *slÄ«danÄ… (“to slide, glide"), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (“to slip"). Cognate with Old High German slÄ«tan (German schlittern, “to slide"), Middle Low German slÄ«den (“to slide"), Middle Dutch slÄ«den (Dutch sledderen, “to slide").