[ glahyd ]
/ gla瑟d /
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verb (used without object), glid路ed, glid路ing.
verb (used with object), glid路ed, glid路ing.
to cause to glide.
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Origin of glide

First recorded before 900; Middle English gliden (verb), Old English gl墨dan; cognate with German gleiten

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1. See slide.


glid路ing路ly, adverbun路glid路ing, adjective
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What does glide mean?

To glide is to move smoothly along without effort, as in Ana loved the feeling of just gliding along the ice in her new ice skates.

Glide means to move along water or air with little to no effort, as a boat might do in the water.

Glide can be used figuratively to mean to proceed through life with little care or effort. People who glide through situations appear to have done nothing to get through, although they may have done something unseen or someone may have done something for them.

To glide also means to move quietly or without being noticed, as in Carlos tried to glide by the teacher on duty, but they saw him and told him to go back to class.

As a noun, glide refers to a gliding movement, as in dancing.

Example: Once you reach the top of the hill, you can just glide all the way down.

Where does glide come from?

The first records of the term glide come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English gl墨dan.

One use of glide you might have heard of is in relation to the sport hang gliding, in which people hang from a large, kite-like hang glider. A glider broadly refers to an aircraft with no engine. The simplest gliders are paper airplanes, which slowly glide to their targets, but there are larger gliders, such as a space shuttle, which relies primarily on wind resistance to move and land appropriately upon re-entry into the atmosphere.

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What are some other forms related to glide?

  • glidingly (adverb)
  • ungliding (adjective)
  • glider (noun)
  • gliding (noun, verb)

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How is glide used in real life?

Glide is a common word that refers to moving smoothly and continuously.

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Harry glided through life, never having to work, because he inherited his parents鈥 wealth.

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British Dictionary definitions for glide

/ (伞la瑟d) /


Derived forms of glide

glidingly, adverb

Word Origin for glide

Old English gl墨dan; related to Old High German gl墨tan
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