- 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 glide on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for glided
The chants grew louder before reaching an eardrum-piercing crescendo when the 2013 Arab Idol glided on stage.Gaza to Jersey: A Star is Born
November 25, 2013
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
July 11, 2012
The way Fred and Adele Astaire glided and strode on stage must have reminded one of the joys of being alive.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 23, 2012
March 25, 2012
She glided over the tile floor like a gazelle and had a face that Amedeo Modigliani would have died for.They Were Perfect Together
November 22, 2010
She glided like a queen into the Whitney Gala on Monday night and watched as hot young things preened and posed in her gowns.Inside Donatella's World
October 20, 2009
Philothea has glided from the apartment, as if afraid to remain in my presence.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
She glided to the door into the hall and turned the lock softly and came to him again.Way of the Lawless
Then, without comment, he glided out to reverse all his arrangements.
When she had finished he nodded, said a few words in his own tongue, and glided from the tent.
Hawkeye tapped him lightly on the shoulder, and glided ahead.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 glided
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.