Meaning of SLIDE in English
I. slide 1 S3 W3 /slaɪd/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle slid /slɪd/)
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: slidan ]
1 . [intransitive and transitive] to move smoothly over a surface while continuing to touch it, or to make something move in this way
slide along/across/down etc
Francesca slid across the ice.
slide something across/along etc
He opened the oven door and slid the pan of cookies in.
He slid open the door of the glass cabinet.
2 . [intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition] to move somewhere quietly and smoothly, or to move something in this way
slide into/out of etc
Daniel slid out of the room when no one was looking.
She slid into the driver’s seat.
slide something into/out of etc something
He slid the gun into his pocket.
3 . [intransitive] if prices, amounts, rates etc slide, they become lower SYN drop OPP rise :
Stocks slid a further 3% on the major markets today.
4 . [intransitive] to gradually become worse, or to begin to have a problem:
Students’ test scores started to slide in the mid-1990s.
Murphy gradually slid into a pattern of drug abuse.
5 . let something slide
a) to let a situation get gradually worse:
Management has let safety standards slide at the factory.
b) spoken to ignore a mistake, problem, remark etc, without becoming angry or trying to punish it:
Well, I guess we can let it slide this time.
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▪ slide to move smoothly over a surface while continuing to touch it:
The glass slid off the tray and crashed to the floor.
The kids were having fun sliding around on the polished floor.
▪ slip to slide a short distance accidentally, and fall or lose your balance slightly:
Be careful you don’t slip on the ice.
She slipped and broke her ankle.
▪ skid to slide sideways or forwards in a way that is difficult to control - used especially about a moving vehicle:
He slammed on the brakes and the car skidded to a halt.
Go slowly in wet or icy weather, because it’s easy to skid.
▪ glide to move smoothly and quietly across water or a smooth surface, especially in a graceful way:
A swan was gliding across the lake.
The ship glided into port.
▪ slither to slide in an awkward way, for example on a rough or muddy surface. Also used to describe the movement of a snake as it goes from side to side along the ground:
Tom slithered down the bank into the water.
The snake slithered away and disappeared under a rock.
II. slide 2 S3 BrE AmE noun [countable]
1 . FOR CHILDREN a large structure with steps leading to the top of a long sloping surface that children can slide down
2 . DECREASE [usually singular] a decrease in prices, amounts etc OPP rise
the current slide in house prices
on the slide
The company’s shares were on the slide again yesterday, down 7p at 339p.
PICTURE a small piece of film in a frame that you shine a light through to show a picture on a ↑ screen or wall:
a slide show
4 . GETTING WORSE [usually singular] a situation in which something gradually gets worse, or someone develops a problem
School administrators were unable to explain the slide in student performance.
a slide into economic chaos
5 . SCIENCE a small piece of thin glass used for holding something that you want to look at under a ↑ microscope
6 . MUSIC/MACHINE a sliding part of a machine or musical instrument, such as the U-shaped tube of a ↑ trombone
7 . MOVEMENT [usually singular] a sliding movement across a surface:
The car went into a slide.
8 . EARTH/SNOW a sudden fall of earth, stones, snow etc down a slope:
a rock slide
9 . FOR HAIR British English a small metal or plastic object that holds your hair in place
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012