to move along in continuous contact with a smooth or slippery surface: to slide down a snow-covered hill.
to slip or skid.
to glide or pass smoothly.
to slip easily, quietly, or unobtrusively on or as if on a track, channel, or guide rail (usually followed by in, out, away, etc.).
to pass or fall gradually into a specified state, character, practice, etc.
to decline or decrease: Interest rates are beginning to slide.
Baseball. (of a base runner) to cast oneself, usually feet first, forward along the ground in the direction of the base being approached, to present less of a target for a baseman attempting to make a tag.
to cause to slide, slip, or coast, as over a surface or with a smooth, gliding motion.
to hand, pass along, or slip (something) easily or quietly (usually followed by in, into, etc.): to slide a note into someone's hand.
an act or instance of sliding.
a smooth surface for sliding on, especially a type of chute in a playground.
an object intended to slide.
a landslide or the like.
the mass of matter sliding down.
a single transparency, object, or image for projection in a projector, as a lantern slide.
Photography. a small positive color transparency mounted for projection on a screen or magnification through a viewer.
a usually rectangular plate of glass on which objects are placed for microscopic examination.
Furniture. a shelf sliding into the body of a piece when not in use.
an embellishment consisting of an upward or downward series of three or more tones, the last of which is the principal tone.
a U-shaped section of the tube of an instrument of the trumpet class, as the trombone, that can be pushed in or out to alter the length of the air column and change the pitch.
a vehicle mounted on runners, for conveying loads, as of grain or wood, especially over a level surface.
(of a machine or mechanism)
a moving part working on a track, channel, or guide rails.
the surface, track, channel, or guide rails on which the part moves.
any of various chutes used in logging, mining, or materials handling.
a flat or very low-heeled, backless shoe or slipper that can be slipped on and off the foot easily.
Idioms about slide
let slide, to allow to deteriorate, pursue a natural course, etc., without intervention on one's part: to let things slide.
- slid·a·ble, adjective
- slid·a·ble·ness, noun
- outslide, verb (used with object), out·slid, out·slid or out·slid·den, out·slid·ing.
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How to use slide in a sentence
I pulled him out by a leg, and there was a trail of blood and bubbles where his mouth had slid along the ground.
McCarthy skated three strides across the line and slid a lead pass to Howe.
Her glasses slid down her nose, but her hands were cuffed and she now asked the cop for assistance.Tiona Rodriguez Charged After Dead Fetus Found in Bag at Victoria’s Secret | Michael Daly | October 20, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
She slid down one strap to her elbow, and the other strap followed suit.Speed Read of ‘King of Bitcoin’—the Erotic Bitcoin eBook | Anna Brand | October 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
After Stewart had slid into second base Pete, looking somewhat surprised, took his hand off the phone.How Peter Worthington Taught His Grandson to Love Baseball | David Frum | May 23, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
These frames fitted into grooves so that they could be slid back and forth, and in warm weather the windows were always left open.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Gently it slid across the oblong of sunlight, blotting out the figures of the two men from her sight.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
It appeared in isolated patches over the water, and then these patches slid together and a white wall advanced upon us.Three More John Silence Stories | Algernon Blackwood
At last Ibrahim pulled up his donkey, and slid off, drawing his djelabieh together with his brown hands.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
Stanley Hall also went for pastime, and Billy Towler slid into the boat like an eel, without leave, just as it pushed off.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for slide
to move or cause to move smoothly along a surface in continual contact with it: doors that slide open; children sliding on the ice
(intr) to lose grip or balance: he slid on his back
(intr; usually foll by into, out of, away from, etc) to pass or move gradually and unobtrusively: she slid into the room
(intr usually foll by into) to go (into a specified condition) by degrees, unnoticeably, etc: he slid into loose living
(foll by in, into, etc) to move (an object) unobtrusively or (of an object) to move in this way: he slid the gun into his pocket
(intr) music to execute a portamento
let slide to allow to follow a natural course, esp one leading to deterioration: to let things slide
the act or an instance of sliding
a smooth surface, as of ice or mud, for sliding on
a construction incorporating an inclined smooth slope for sliding down in playgrounds, etc
rowing a sliding seat in a boat or its runners
a thin glass plate on which specimens are mounted for microscopic study
Also called: transparency a positive photograph on a transparent base, mounted in a cardboard or plastic frame or between glass plates, that can be viewed by means of a slide projector
Also called: hair slide mainly British an ornamental clip to hold hair in place: US and Canadian name: barrette
a sliding part or member
the track, guide, or channel on or in which such a part slides
the sliding curved tube of a trombone that is moved in or out to allow the production of different harmonic series and a wider range of notes
a metal or glass tube placed over a finger held against the frets of a guitar to produce a portamento
the style of guitar playing using a slide: See also bottleneck (def. 3)
the rapid downward movement of a large mass of earth, rocks, etc, caused by erosion, faulting, etc
the mass of material involved in this descent: See also landslide
- slidable, adjective
- slider, noun
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Scientific definitions for slide
A mass movement of earth, rocks, snow, or ice down a slope. Slides can be caused by an accumulation of new matter or of moisture in the overlying material, or by erosion within or below the material. They are often triggered by an earthquake or other disturbance such as an explosion.
The mass of material resulting from such a process.
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Other Idioms and Phrases with slide
see let ride (slide); let slip (slide).
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