- to move along in continuous contact with a smooth or slippery surface: to slide down a snow-covered hill.
- to slip or skid.
- to glide or pass smoothly.
- to slip easily, quietly, or unobtrusively on or as if on a track, channel, or guide rail (usually followed by in, out, away, etc.).
- to pass or fall gradually into a specified state, character, practice, etc.
- to decline or decrease: Interest rates are beginning to slide.
- Baseball. (of a base runner) to cast oneself, usually feet first, forward along the ground in the direction of the base being approached, to present less of a target for a baseman attempting to make a tag.
- to cause to slide, slip, or coast, as over a surface or with a smooth, gliding motion.
- to hand, pass along, or slip (something) easily or quietly (usually followed by in, into, etc.): to slide a note into someone's hand.
- an act or instance of sliding.
- a smooth surface for sliding on, especially a type of chute in a playground.
- an object intended to slide.
- a landslide or the like.
- the mass of matter sliding down.
- a single transparency, object, or image for projection in a projector, as a lantern slide.
- Photography. a small positive color transparency mounted for projection on a screen or magnification through a viewer.
- a usually rectangular plate of glass on which objects are placed for microscopic examination.
- Furniture. a shelf sliding into the body of a piece when not in use.
- an embellishment consisting of an upward or downward series of three or more tones, the last of which is the principal tone.
- a portamento.
- a U-shaped section of the tube of an instrument of the trumpet class, as the trombone, that can be pushed in or out to alter the length of the air column and change the pitch.
- a vehicle mounted on runners, for conveying loads, as of grain or wood, especially over a level surface.
- (of a machine or mechanism)
- a moving part working on a track, channel, or guide rails.
- the surface, track, channel, or guide rails on which the part moves.
- any of various chutes used in logging, mining, or materials handling.
- a flat or very low-heeled, backless shoe or slipper that can be slipped on and off the foot easily.
- let slide, to allow to deteriorate, pursue a natural course, etc., without intervention on one's part: to let things slide.
Origin of slide
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Examples from the Web for slide
If the U.S. does nothing, the Arab world will continue its slide into sectarian bigotry, political repression, and madness.To Beat ISIS, the Arab World Must Promote Political and Religious Reforms
September 15, 2014
However, standard-speaking whites have a “warm” English they can slide into as well.For a President Today, Talkin' Down Is Speaking American
August 7, 2014
Another man, sitting in the playground of a sanatorium, was watching his toddler play on the slide of a jungle gym.Ukraine Families Flee Into the Forest to Escape Brutal Fighting in Sloviansk
June 10, 2014
Five years later, a millennium of Jewish life in Germany began the slide towards total destruction.Survived Hitler, Returned to Germany
May 25, 2014
I lifted her as high as I could midway up the slide and eased her down with a big, squeaky “wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee.”When An Adopted Child Won’t Attach
May 2, 2014
This caused the other ends to slide, and all the sweeps got away from me.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
By putting the stick under my legs I was able to slide down to the bottom.My Double Life
If I owned it, the slide is the first thing I would destroy.One Day's Courtship
Nevertheless, while Wat fumbled for the button that released the slide, he took a chance.
Slowly, very slowly, he pressed the button to release the slide.
- to move or cause to move smoothly along a surface in continual contact with itdoors that slide open; children sliding on the ice
- (intr) to lose grip or balancehe slid on his back
- (intr; usually foll by into, out of, away from, etc) to pass or move gradually and unobtrusivelyshe slid into the room
- (intr usually foll by into) to go (into a specified condition) by degrees, unnoticeably, etche slid into loose living
- (foll by in, into, etc) to move (an object) unobtrusively or (of an object) to move in this wayhe slid the gun into his pocket
- (intr) music to execute a portamento
- let slide to allow to follow a natural course, esp one leading to deteriorationto let things slide
- the act or an instance of sliding
- a smooth surface, as of ice or mud, for sliding on
- a construction incorporating an inclined smooth slope for sliding down in playgrounds, etc
- rowing a sliding seat in a boat or its runners
- a thin glass plate on which specimens are mounted for microscopic study
- Also called: transparency a positive photograph on a transparent base, mounted in a cardboard or plastic frame or between glass plates, that can be viewed by means of a slide projector
- Also called: hair slide mainly British an ornamental clip to hold hair in placeUS and Canadian name: barrette
- a sliding part or member
- the track, guide, or channel on or in which such a part slides
- the sliding curved tube of a trombone that is moved in or out to allow the production of different harmonic series and a wider range of notes
- a portamento
- a metal or glass tube placed over a finger held against the frets of a guitar to produce a portamento
- the style of guitar playing using a slideSee also bottleneck (def. 3)
- the rapid downward movement of a large mass of earth, rocks, etc, caused by erosion, faulting, etc
- the mass of material involved in this descentSee also landslide
Word Origin and History for slide
Old English slidan (intransitive, past tense slad, past participle sliden) "to glide, slip, fall, fall down;" figuratively "fail, lapse morally, err; be transitory or unstable," from Proto-Germanic *slidan "to slip, slide" (cf. Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sleigh, sled"), from PIE root *sleidh- "to slide, slip" (cf. Lithuanian slystu "to glide, slide," Old Church Slavonic sledu "track," Greek olisthos "slipperiness," olisthanein "to slip," Middle Irish sloet "slide").
Meaning "slip, lose one's footing" is from early 13c. Transitive sense from 1530s. Phrase let (something) slide "let it take its own course" is in Chaucer (late 14c.). Sliding scale in reference to payments, etc., is from 1842.
1560s, from slide (v.). As a smooth inclined surface down which something can be slid, from 1680s; the playground slide is from 1890. Meaning "collapse of a hillside, landslide" is from 1660s. As a working part of a musical instrument from 1800 (e.g. slide-trombone, 1891). Meaning "rapid downturn" is from 1884. Meaning "picture prepared for use with a projector" is from 1819 (in reference to magic lanterns). Baseball sense is from 1886. Slide-guitar is from 1968.
- A small glass plate for mounting specimens to be examined under a microscope.
- A mass movement of earth, rocks, snow, or ice down a slope. Slides can be caused by an accumulation of new matter or of moisture in the overlying material, or by erosion within or below the material. They are often triggered by an earthquake or other disturbance such as an explosion.
- The mass of material resulting from such a process.