Meaning of SLIDE in English


I. ˈslīd verb

( slid ˈslid ; or dialect slod ˈsläd ; or archaic slided ; slid or archaic slidden ˈslid ə n ; sliding ; slides )

Etymology: Middle English sliden, from Old English slīdan to glide, slip, backslide; akin to Middle High German slīten to slide, Greek olisthanein to slip, glide, fall, Sanskrit sredhati he errs, blunders, Greek leios smooth — more at lime

intransitive verb


a. : to go with a smooth continuous motion : glide

fishes … sliding swiftly from your boat — American Guide Series: Florida

a little red convertible slid up the … driveway — S.A.Offit

shadows slid along the huge wooden tables — Sinclair Lewis

b. : to coast over a surface (as snow or ice) by means of gravity or momentum

a startled dog slides toward the skaters on all four feet

slide downhill on a toboggan

when the glacier slid down across New England — L.K.Porritt

c. : to drop down and approach a base in baseball along the ground usually feet first with the weight of the body carried on one hip

slid safely into third base ahead of the catcher's throw



(1) : to suffer a moral relapse : backslide

lead me in all thy righteous ways, nor suffer me to slide — Charles Wesley

(2) : to take a downward turn

if the readjustment … slides into a recession — Fortune

b. : to slip or fall by loss of footing

stumbled over a log and slid down the slope

c. : to change position or become dislocated : shift , slip

the packages slide from her arms

rain slid off the smooth hide of the mountains — G.T.Nunn

3. : to become dissipated : vanish

it was inevitable that existentialism should slide out of men's minds — Norman Cousins


a. : to slither along the ground : crawl , wriggle

began their advance, one sliding forward on his stomach — Georg Meyers

b. : to stream along : flow , pour

walked … along the dark sliding river — Irwin Shaw


a. : to pass effortlessly or unobserved : drift — used of time

how happily must my old age slide away — Henry Fielding

b. : to become readily transferred or diverted

his eye slides from the printed page to the wonderful world outdoors

c. : to take a natural course

finds it easier to let things slide than to insist on strict observance of the rules

d. : to get along with a minimum of effort

this means doing your best, not just sliding through — Boy Scout Handbk.


a. : to move softly or unobtrusively : disappear surreptitiously : sneak , steal

slid behind the bole of a fir tree — F.V.W.Mason

after playing to empty benches for two nights, they slid out of town — American Guide Series: Washington

b. : to pass easily or gradually

slide into a reverie — John Masters

c. : to become gradually transformed

may not godly authority imperceptibly slide over into plain tyranny — V.L.Parrington

d. : to pass by gradations from one pitch to another without cessation of sound

sliding … is another undesirable feature of singing — Sergius Kagen

transitive verb


a. : to cause to glide or slip

slid the car to the curb — Erle Stanley Gardner

slide the left ski forward, then the right

b. : to traverse in a sliding manner

firemen slide the poles to the street floor

2. : to put or introduce surreptitiously

slid the gun out of sight under his coat — Raymond Chandler

the danger of … getting an emperor or a king or a dictator slid over on them — Dorothy C. Fisher

3. : to place (as an alphabetic sequence) beside another sequence in various juxtapositions at each of which the letters of one correspond one-to-one to those of the other

II. noun

( -s )


a. : an act or instance of sliding: as

(1) : a transit over a slippery surface

a skier's hunger for more slides … per weekend — William Gilman

(2) : chassé

(3) : the distance the fork moves after drop lock in a lever-escapement watch to reach the banking pin

(4) : a sliding approach to a base in baseball — compare hook slide


(1) archaic : a smooth progression

verses, that have a slide , and easiness — Francis Bacon

(2) : a lapse in morals or fortunes

if he should … discover a bit of backward slide in himself — H.A.Overstreet

(3) : a downward turn

action to halt the economic slide — S.H.Slichter


(1) : a musical grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by adjacent degrees and leading to a principal note either above or below

(2) : portamento

2. : a sliding part or mechanism: as

a. : any of various clothing ornaments that slide on and hold by gripping

tie slide

belt slide


(1) : a U-shaped section of tube in the trombone that is pushed out and in to produce the tones between the fundamental and its harmonics

(2) : a short tube that is used in most metal wind instruments to adjust the pitch


(1) : a moving piece (as the ram of a punch press) that is guided by a part along which it slides

slide valve

(2) : a guiding surface (as a feeding mechanism) along which something slides — compare cross slide

d. : sliding seat

e. : a small runner to which something is attached to guide it along a track

the luff of the sail … is sewn on to slides which run in a metal track along the after side of the mast — F.E.Dodman


(1) : the knee of a composing stick

(2) : a slugcasting-machine matrix for casting rules or borders

g. : a cryptographical device resembling a slide rule with a fixed member usually carrying one alphabetic sequence and a double-length sliding member another one repeated



(1) : the descent of a mass (as of earth, rock, or snow) down a hill or mountainside

a slide of rock

— used chiefly in combination

land slide

snow slide

(2) : the track left by a slide

(3) : a mass of debris deposited by a slide

b. : a dislocation in which one rock mass in a mining lode has slid on another : fault

4. : a drag or sledge for transporting heavy loads over a relatively smooth surface

cut the last of the crop and … hauled it on a slide to the tobacco barn — Elizabeth M. Roberts

— called also slider



(1) : a slippery surface for coasting or sliding

ski slide

toboggan slide

(2) : a chute with a flat polished bed sloping down from the top of a mounting ladder

playground slide

gave him a slide for his swimming pool — British Books of the Month

b. : a channel or track on which something is slid

pushed the heavy door on the slide and … followed him into the barn — Astrid Peters

c. : a sloping trough down which objects are carried by gravity

log slide

d. : an inclined plane on moist soil adjoining water and smoothed by otters or occasionally other aquatic mammals at play

e. or slide stacker : an inclined plane up which hay is drawn for stacking


a. : a usually rectangular piece of glass on which an object is mounted for microscopic examination


(1) : a photographic transparency on a small plate or film suitably protected for projection — see filmslide , lantern slide

(2) : dark slide

7. : scuff 4

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