[ slahy-ding ]
/ ˈslaɪ dɪŋ /


rising or falling, increasing or decreasing, according to a standard or to a set of conditions.
operated, adjusted, or moved by sliding: a sliding door.

Nearby words

  1. slide-rule,
  2. slidell,
  3. slider,
  4. slideshow,
  5. slideway,
  6. sliding fit,
  7. sliding flap,
  8. sliding friction,
  9. sliding hernia,
  10. sliding rule

Origin of sliding

before 900; Middle English; Old English slīdende. See slide, -ing2

Related formsslid·ing·ly, adverbslid·ing·ness, nounun·slid·ing, adjective


[ slahyd ]
/ slaɪd /

verb (used without object), slid [slid] /slɪd/, slid or slid·den [slid-n] /ˈslɪd n/, slid·ing.

verb (used with object), slid [slid] /slɪd/, slid or slid·den [slid-n] /ˈslɪd n/, slid·ing.

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.


Origin of slide

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

1. slither. 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.

Related formsslid·a·ble, adjectiveslid·a·ble·ness, nounout·slide, verb (used with object), out·slid, out·slid or out·slid·den, out·slid·ing. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sliding


/ (ˈslaɪdɪŋ) /


rising or falling in accordance with given specificationsfees were charged as a sliding percentage of income
regulated or moved by sliding


/ (slaɪd) /

verb slides, sliding, slid (slɪd), slid or slidden (ˈslɪdən)


Derived Formsslidable, adjectiveslider, noun

Word Origin for slide

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

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Word Origin and History for sliding
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Medicine definitions for sliding


[ slīd ]


A small glass plate for mounting specimens to be examined under a microscope.

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Science definitions for sliding


[ slīd ]

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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Idioms and Phrases with sliding


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

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