Pronunciation Verb

slide (slides, present participle sliding; past slid, past participle slid)

  1. (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.
  2. (intransitive) To move on a low-friction surface.
    The car slid on the ice.
    • They bathe in summer, and in winter slide.
  3. (intransitive, baseball) To drop down and skid into a base.
    Jones slid into second.
  4. (intransitive) To lose one’s balance on a slippery surface.
    He slid while going around the corner.
  5. (transitive) To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.
    to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To pass inadvertently.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Ecclesiasticus 28:26 ↗:
      Beware thou slide not by it.
  7. (intransitive) To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
    A ship or boat slides through the water.
    • Ages shall slide away without perceiving.
    • 1731, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Burlington:
      Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
  8. (music) To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cessation of sound.
  9. To pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence.
    • With good hope let he sorrow slide.
    • With a calm carelessness letting everything slide.
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slide (plural slides)

  1. 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.
  2. A surface of ice, snow, butter, etc. on which someone can slide for amusement or as a practical joke.
  3. The falling of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones down the slope of a hill or mountain; avalanche.
    The slide closed the highway.
  4. 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.
  5. A mechanism consisting of a part which slides on or against a guide.
  6. The act of sliding; smooth, even passage or progress.
    a slide on the ice
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Nobility
      A better slide into their business.
  7. A lever that can be moved in two directions.
  8. A valve that works by sliding, such as in a trombone.
  9. (photography) A transparent plate bearing an image to be projected to a screen.
  10. (by extension, computing) A page of a computer presentation package such as PowerPoint.
    I still need to prepare some slides for my presentation tomorrow.
  11. (sciences) A flat, usually rectangular piece of glass or similar material on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope Generally referred to as a microscope slide.
  12. (baseball) The act of dropping down and skidding into a base
  13. (music, guitar) A hand-held device made of smooth, hard material, used in the practice of slide guitar.
  14. (traditional Irish music and dance) A lively dance from County Kerry, in 12/8 time.
  15. (geology) A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure.
  16. (music) A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below.
  17. (phonetics) A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound.
  18. A clasp or brooch for a belt, etc.
  19. (footwear) A shoe that is backless and open-toed.
  20. (speech therapy) A voluntary stutter used as a technique to control stuttering in one's speech.
  • (item of play equipment) slippery dip
  • (inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity) chute
  • (mechanism of a part which slides on or against a guide) runner
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  • French: bottleneck
  • Portuguese: slide
  • Russian: слайд
  • Spanish: slide

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