- 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
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|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.
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.
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
- 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