verb (used without object), glid·ed, glid·ing.
- 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.
verb (used with object), glid·ed, glid·ing.
- 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
Examples from the Web for gliding
The game consists of flooding the bathroom with water, hiking up your skirt, and then gliding over the stream.‘Nymphomaniac,’ Lars von Trier’s Icy Orgy of Sex and Self-Loathing, Bows At Sundance|Marlow Stern|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Tom Boswell makes it all look easy, gliding between the seasons with appreciation and acerbic wit.
The world economy is gliding past crises and the markets have got their mojo back.Political Tensions Takes Center Stage at World Economic Forum|Daniel Gross|January 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Contestants in the Miss India pageant are gliding across a stage in Mumbai, eyes shining.Models vs. Militants: Nisha Pahuja’s Film Shows Two Worlds of Indian Women|Abigail Pesta|May 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
He was gliding into rallies like a rock star as thousands of people waited in freezing weather to see him.
I could stand it no longer, but gliding underneath the tent I hid my face in my hands and wept aloud.The Survivors of the Chancellor|Jules Verne
She seemed dimly to see Kari Svehaugen gliding about and taking care of things in the home and out in the cow house.Lisbeth Longfrock|Hans Aanrud
It was entrancing thus to be gliding noiselessly over a perfectly calm sea, with so many attendant elements of beauty.Under the Southern Cross|Maturin M. Ballou
And at once gliding into the bushes, he disappeared, without taking further leave of the persons who had given him his life.Stronghand|Gustave Aimard
She got a feeling of direction, turned the suit a little more and started it gliding forward.Legacy|James H Schmitz
British Dictionary definitions for gliding (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for gliding (2 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for glide
Word Origin and History for gliding
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.