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.
- glid·ing·ly, adverb
- un·glid·ing, adjective
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How to use glide in a sentence
The chants grew louder before reaching an eardrum-piercing crescendo when the 2013 Arab Idol glided on stage.
The glamorous couple had been photographed countless times as they glided through the glittering world of British high society.Dead Heiress Eva Rausing and Husband Hans Kristian Battled Addiction | Mike Giglio | July 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The way Fred and Adele Astaire glided and strode on stage must have reminded one of the joys of being alive.
She glided over the tile floor like a gazelle and had a face that Amedeo Modigliani would have died for.
She glided like a queen into the Whitney Gala on Monday night and watched as hot young things preened and posed in her gowns.
A long stretch of smooth ice followed, over which he glided with ever-increasing speed.The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
Having such resources in her own highly-cultivated mind, even the hours of imprisonment glided rapidly and happily along.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
Creeping down softly she opened the door of the room behind the library, and glided in.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The glittering steel glided through the groove, and the head of Madame Roland was severed from her body.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
One carried his books before him just as if they had been a tray, while he glided noiselessly to his place.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
British Dictionary definitions for glide
to move or cause to move easily without jerks or hesitations: to glide in a boat down the river
(intr) to pass slowly or without perceptible change: to 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 power: See 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 series: See 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)
- glidingly, adverb
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