- to move smoothly and continuously along, as if without effort or resistance, as a flying bird, a boat, or a skater.
- to pass by gradual or unobservable change (often followed by along, away, by, etc.).
- to move quietly or stealthily or without being noticed (usually followed by in, out, along, etc.).
- 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.
- Music. to pass from one note to another without a break.
- to cause to glide.
- a gliding movement, as in dancing.
- a dance marked by such movements.
- Music. slur(def 10a).
- 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.
- a calm stretch of shallow, smoothly flowing water, as in a river.
- an act or instance of gliding.
- Metallurgy. slip1(def 49).
- a smooth metal plate, as on the bottom of the feet of a chair or table, to facilitate moving and to prevent scarring of floor surfaces.
- a metal track in which a drawer, shelf, etc., moves in or out.
Origin of glide
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsfly, sail, slither, flit, float, drift, spiral, waft, slide, skate, skim, descend, slip, skip, soar, shoot, decline, run, stream, wing
Examples from the Web for glide
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
July 4, 2014
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
May 21, 2014
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.ASMR and the Rise of the Whisper Fetish
December 7, 2013
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
November 7, 2013
Immigration reform is on a glide path out of the Senate, reports Michelle Cottle, but may yet crash in the House.House Republicans Brace for Crazy-Making Intraparty Immigration Fight
June 27, 2013
The novice should not attempt a glide unless the conditions are just right.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Then he seemed to glide off in the direction of the setting sun.The Law-Breakers
Ghostlike we glide through nature, and should not know our place again.Essays, Second Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Swiftly she came down to us, seeming almost to glide over the ground.The Strolling Saint
He had but fifty yards to go, and started to glide stealthily from tuft to tuft."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
- to move or cause to move easily without jerks or hesitationsto glide in a boat down the river
- (intr) to pass slowly or without perceptible changeto glide into sleep
- to cause (an aircraft) to come into land without engine power, or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
- (intr) to fly a glider
- (intr) music to execute a portamento from one note to another
- (intr) phonetics to produce a glide
- a smooth easy movement
- any of various dances featuring gliding steps
- a step in such a dance
- a manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes a gentle descent without engine powerSee also glide path
- the act or process of gliding
- 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
- crystallog another name for slip 1 (def. 33)
- cricket another word for glance 1 (def. 11)
Word Origin and History for glide
Old English glidan "move along smoothly and easily, glide, slip, slide" (class I strong verb, past tense glad, past participle gliden), from West Germanic *glidan "to glide" (cf. Old Saxon glidan, Old Frisian glida, German gleiten). Related: Glided; gliding. Strong past tense form glid persisted into 20c. The noun is attested 1580s, from the verb.