- to move in the air, especially at an easy angle downward, with less engine power than for level flight, solely by the action of air currents and gravity, or by momentum already acquired.
- to fly in a glider.
- a speech sound having the characteristics of both a consonant and a vowel, especially w in wore and y in your, and, in some analyses, r in road and l in load; semivowel.
- a transitional sound heard during the articulation linking two phonemically contiguous sounds, as the y-sound often heard between the i and e of quiet.
Origin of glide
synonym study for glide
OTHER WORDS FROM glideglid·ing·ly, adverbun·glid·ing, adjective
Words nearby glide
How to use glide in a sentence
The company may also attempt glide flights for its newly unveiled SpaceShipThree this summer.Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo has flown to the edge of space|Neel V. Patel|May 24, 2021|MIT Technology Review
VSS Imagine will soon begin ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America base in New Mexico.This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through April 3)|Singularity Hub Staff|April 3, 2021|Singularity Hub
My new faves have a smooth glide, good hold on the uphill, solid speed on the downhill, and edges that handle well on narrow trails with mellow turns.
This dual-bevel sliding miter saw comes with a glide system that allows for wider, more precise crosscuts.Make every project a breeze with the right miter saw|PopSci Commerce Team|August 26, 2020|Popular-Science
Snakes instead get their glide on with some help from the wiggles.
Angelina Jolie was able to seemingly glide into the Vatican on Thursday to present her new film ‘Unbroken.’Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With the South Carolina GOP primary behind him, Sen. Lindsey Graham appears to be on a glide path to re-election.T-Rav: The Reality TV Star Running for Senate in South Carolina|Patricia Murphy|July 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He started to glide the window back up to get out of the car, and at once the officer began to beat his gun butt on the window.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul|Rilla Askew|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I describe the pink hued iridescent bubbles in the bathtub, and the way they glide away from my skin as if it's made of silk.
McAuliffe had been given a glide path to the nomination and had the active support of almost every Democratic elected official.How the Richer, Better Run Campaign Barely Won in Virginia|Ben Jacobs|November 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Immediately the door was opened just enough to let the two men glide in; then it was shut with a bang and bolted.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
They glide across my face with tender, soft caress, and I feel something melt within me.Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist|Alexander Berkman
Fortunately, childhood is protected by a resisting candour, by an enamel over which all impurities glide.The Nabob|Alphonse Daudet
Then he stooped down and begun to glide along the wall, just his shoulders showing over the people's heads.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He noted that Sssuri had stepped up the pace, passing into his sure-footed glide which made Dalgard exert himself to keep up.Star Born|Andre Norton
British Dictionary definitions for glide
- any of various dances featuring gliding steps
- a step in such a dance
- a long portion of tubing slipped in and out of a trombone to increase its length for the production of lower harmonic seriesSee also valve (def. 5)
- a portamento or slur
- a transitional sound as the speech organs pass from the articulatory position of one speech sound to that of the next, as the (w) sound in some pronunciations of the word doing
- another word for semivowel