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[ slahyd ]

verb (used without object)

, slid [slid], slid or slid·den [slid, -n], slid·ing.
  1. to move along in continuous contact with a smooth or slippery surface:

    to slide down a snow-covered hill.

    Synonyms: slither

  2. to slip or skid.
  3. to glide or pass smoothly.
  4. to slip easily, quietly, or unobtrusively on or as if on a track, channel, or guide rail (usually followed by in, out, away, etc.).
  5. to pass or fall gradually into a specified state, character, practice, etc.
  6. to decline or decrease:

    Interest rates are beginning to slide.

  7. 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.

verb (used with object)

, slid [slid], slid or slid·den [slid, -n], slid·ing.
  1. to cause to slide, slip, or coast, as over a surface or with a smooth, gliding motion.
  2. to hand, pass along, or slip (something) easily or quietly (usually followed by in, into, etc.):

    to slide a note into someone's hand.


  1. an act or instance of sliding.
  2. a smooth surface for sliding on, especially a type of chute in a playground.
  3. an object intended to slide.
  4. Geology.
    1. a landslide or the like.
    2. the mass of matter sliding down.
  5. a single transparency, object, or image for projection in a projector, as a lantern slide.
  6. Photography. a small positive color transparency mounted for projection on a screen or magnification through a viewer.
  7. a usually rectangular plate of glass on which objects are placed for microscopic examination.
  8. Furniture. a shelf sliding into the body of a piece when not in use.
  9. Music.
    1. an embellishment consisting of an upward or downward series of three or more tones, the last of which is the principal tone.
    2. a portamento.
    3. 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.
  10. a vehicle mounted on runners, for conveying loads, as of grain or wood, especially over a level surface.
  11. (of a machine or mechanism)
    1. a moving part working on a track, channel, or guide rails.
    2. the surface, track, channel, or guide rails on which the part moves.
  12. any of various chutes used in logging, mining, or materials handling.
  13. a flat or very low-heeled, backless shoe or slipper that can be slipped on and off the foot easily.


/ slaɪd /


  1. to move or cause to move smoothly along a surface in continual contact with it

    doors that slide open

    children sliding on the ice

  2. intr to lose grip or balance

    he slid on his back

  3. intr; usually foll by into, out of, away from, etc to pass or move gradually and unobtrusively

    she slid into the room

  4. intrusually foll byinto to go (into a specified condition) by degrees, unnoticeably, etc

    he slid into loose living

  5. foll byin, into, etc to move (an object) unobtrusively or (of an object) to move in this way

    he slid the gun into his pocket

  6. intr music to execute a portamento
  7. let slide
    to allow to follow a natural course, esp one leading to deterioration

    to let things slide


  1. the act or an instance of sliding
  2. a smooth surface, as of ice or mud, for sliding on
  3. a construction incorporating an inclined smooth slope for sliding down in playgrounds, etc
  4. rowing a sliding seat in a boat or its runners
  5. a thin glass plate on which specimens are mounted for microscopic study
  6. Also calledtransparency 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
  7. Also calledhair slide an ornamental clip to hold hair in place US and Canadian namebarrette
  8. machinery
    1. a sliding part or member
    2. the track, guide, or channel on or in which such a part slides
  9. music
    1. 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
    2. a portamento
  10. music
    1. a metal or glass tube placed over a finger held against the frets of a guitar to produce a portamento
    2. the style of guitar playing using a slide See also bottleneck
  11. geology
    1. the rapid downward movement of a large mass of earth, rocks, etc, caused by erosion, faulting, etc
    2. the mass of material involved in this descent See also landslide


/ slīd /

  1. 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.
  2. The mass of material resulting from such a process.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈslidable, adjective
  • ˈslider, noun

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Other Words From

  • slida·ble adjective
  • slida·ble·ness noun
  • outslide verb (used with object) outslid outslid or outslidden outsliding

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Word History and Origins

Origin of slide1

First recorded before 950; Middle English sliden (verb), Old English slīdan; cognate with Middle Low German slīden, Middle High German slīten; akin to sled

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Word History and Origins

Origin of slide1

Old English slīdan; related to slidor slippery, sliderian to slither , Middle High German slīten

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. let slide, to allow to deteriorate, pursue a natural course, etc., without intervention on one's part:

    to let things slide.

More idioms and phrases containing slide

see let ride (slide) ; let slip (slide) .

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Synonym Study

Slide, glide, slip suggest movement over a smooth surface. Slide suggests a movement of one surface over another in contact with it: to slide downhill. Glide suggests a continuous, smooth, easy, and (usually) noiseless motion: a skater gliding over the ice. To slip is to slide in a sudden or accidental way: to slip on the ice and fall.

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Example Sentences

Those opportunities could crystalize over the coming months, particularly as programmatic spending starts to recover from its coronavirus-induced slide.

From Digiday

More than just a looming monolith, though, the eccentric construction would have linked Chicago with New York and Boston via slides so the residents of those cities could toboggan to the Windy City for the fair.

From Ozy

The day of the presentation comes, and the e-commerce team gathers around, continuously nodding along with each slide.

You can take any blog article and create an infographic, video or slide presentation in order to mix things up.

All true enough — but those are just the most visible sites of the innovation chain, the kind of photos you see in IPO slide decks for so-called cutting-edge companies.

Near the door thousands of stilettos slide and shuffle on black ice, somehow always keeping their immaculate balance.

The reason is on the next slide, which is filled with public NIMBY complaints.

If the U.S. does nothing, the Arab world will continue its slide into sectarian bigotry, political repression, and madness.

There would be occasional periods of promise, but once the 1950s came it was a steady, painful downhill slide.

However, standard-speaking whites have a “warm” English they can slide into as well.

Practise gliding in the form of inflection, or slide, from one extreme of pitch to another.

Scratches and flaws in the glass of slide or cover are likewise a common source of confusion to beginners.

Touch the center of a cover-glass to the top of the drop and quickly place it, blood side down, upon a slide.

A rather large drop is taken upon a slide, covered, and examined with a low power.

A large drop is allowed to dry upon a clean slide or unglazed paper.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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