• IPA: /ˈɡlaɪd/

glide (glides, present participle gliding; past glided, past participle glided)

  1. (intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
    • 1807, William Wordsworth, Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802, in Poems, in Two Volumes (Sonnet 14):
      The river glideth at his own sweet will:
    • 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter VI:
      The water over which the boats glided was black and smooth, rising into huge foamless billows, the more terrible because they were silent.
  2. (intransitive) To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft. Also relates to gliding birds and flying fish.
  3. (transitive) To cause to glide.
  4. (phonetics) To pass with a glide, as the voice.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: gleiten lassen

glide (plural glides)

  1. The act of gliding.
  2. (phonology) A transitional sound, especially a semivowel.
    Synonyms: semivowel, semiconsonant
  3. (fencing) An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.
  4. A bird, the glede or kite.
  5. A kind of cap affixed to the base of the legs of furniture to prevent it from damaging the floor.
  6. The joining of two sounds without a break.
  7. A smooth and sliding step in dancing the waltz.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: скольже́ние

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