Meaning of SLIDE in English


v. & n.

--v. (past and past part. slid)

1. a intr. move along a smooth surface with continuous contact on the same part of the thing moving (cf. ROLL). b tr. cause to do this (slide the drawer into place).

2 intr. move quietly; glide; go smoothly along.

3 intr. pass gradually or imperceptibly.

4 intr. glide over ice on one or both feet without skates (under gravity or with momentum got by running).

5 intr. (foll. by over) barely touch upon (a delicate subject etc.).

6 intr. & tr. (often foll. by into) move or cause to move quietly or unobtrusively (slid his hand into mine).

7 intr. take its own course (let it slide).


1. a the act or an instance of sliding. b a rapid decline.

2 an inclined plane down which children, goods, etc., slide; a chute.

3 a a track made by or for sliding, esp. on ice. b a slope prepared with snow or ice for tobogganing.

4 a part of a machine or instrument that slides, esp. a slide-valve.

5 a a thing slid into place, esp. a piece of glass holding an object for a microscope. b a mounted transparency usu. placed in a projector for viewing on a screen.

6 Brit. hair-slide.

7 a part or parts of a machine on or between which a sliding part works.

Phrases and idioms:

let things slide be negligent; allow deterioration. slide fastener US a zip-fastener. slide-rule a ruler with a sliding central strip, graduated logarithmically for making rapid calculations, esp. multiplication and division. slide-valve a sliding piece that opens and closes an aperture by sliding across it. sliding door a door drawn across an aperture on a slide, not turning on hinges. sliding keel Naut. a centreboard. sliding roof a part of a roof (esp. in a motor car) made able to slide and so form an aperture. sliding scale a scale of fees, taxes, wages, etc., that varies as a whole in accordance with variation of some standard. sliding seat a seat able to slide to and fro on runners etc., esp. in a racing-boat to adjust the length of a stroke.


slidable adj. slidably adv. slider n.

Etymology: OE slidan

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.