slide
I. verb (slid; sliding) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English slīdan; akin to Middle High German slīten to slide Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. a. to move smoothly along a surface ; slip b. to coast over snow or ice c. of a base runner in baseball to fall or dive feetfirst or headfirst when approaching a base 2. a. to slip or fall by loss of footing b. to change position or become dislocated ; shift 3. a. to slither along the ground ; crawl b. to stream along ; flow 4. a. to move or pass smoothly or easily <
slid into the prepared speech
>
b. to pass unnoticed or unremarked <
let the criticism slide
>
5. a. to pass unobtrusively ; steal b. to pass by gradations especially downward <
the economy slid from recession to depression
>
transitive verb 1. a. to cause to glide or slip b. to traverse in a sliding manner 2. to put unobtrusively or stealthily <
slid the bill into his hand
>
II. noun Date: 1570 1. a. an act or instance of sliding b. (1) a musical grace of two or more small notes (2) portamento 2. a sliding part or mechanism: as a. (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 U-shaped section of tube in a brass instrument that is used to adjust the pitch of the instrument or of individual valves b. (1) a moving piece (as the ram of a punch press) that is guided by a part along which it slides (2) a guiding surface (as a feeding mechanism) along which something slides c. sliding seat 3. a. the descent of a mass of earth, rock, or snow down a hill or mountainside b. a dislocation in which one rock mass in a mining lode has slid on another ; fault 4. a. (1) a slippery surface for coasting (2) a chute with a slippery bed down which children slide in play b. a channel or track on which something is slid c. a sloping trough down which objects are carried by gravity <
a log slide
>
5. a. a flat piece of glass or plastic on which an object is mounted for microscopic examination b. a photographic transparency on a small plate or film mounted for projection 6. bottleneck 3

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  • Slide — Slide, n. [AS. sl[=i]de.] 1. The act of sliding; as, a slide on the ice. [1913 Webster] 2. Smooth, even passage or progress. [1913 Webster] A better slide into their business. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 3. That on which anything moves by sliding.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slide — vb Slide, slip, glide, skid, glissade, slither, coast, toboggan can mean to move along easily and smoothly over or as if over a surface. Slide usually implies accelerating motion and continuous contact with a smooth and slippery surface; it is… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Slide — Slide, v. t. [imp. {Slid}; p. p. {Slidden}, {Slid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Slidding}.] [OE. sliden, AS. sl[=i]dan; akin to MHG. sl[=i]ten, also to AS. slidor slippery, E. sled, Lith. slidus slippery. Cf. {Sled}.] 1. To move along the surface of any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slide — [slīd] vi. slid [slid] sliding [ME sliden < OE slidan < IE * (s)leidh , slippery < base * (s)lei , slimy, slippery > LIME1, SLICK, SLIME] 1. to move along in constant frictional contact with some surface or substance [windows that… …   English World dictionary

  • Slide — Slide, v. t. 1. To cause to slide; to thrust along; as, to slide one piece of timber along another. [1913 Webster] 2. To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip; as, to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slide — (v.) O.E. slidan move smoothly, glide, from P.Gmc. *slidanan (Cf. O.H.G. slito, Ger. Schlitten sledge ), from PIE root * (s)lei slide (Cf. Lith. slystu to glide, slide, O.C.S. sledu track, Gk. olisthos slipperiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • slide — / slaid/, it. / zlaid/ s. ingl. [da (to ) slide scivolare ], usato in ital. al masch., invar. 1. (fot.) [immagine fotografica su pellicola destinata alla proiezione] ▶◀ diapositiva, (non com.) filmina. 2. [foglio trasparente contenente testi o… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • slide — /zlaid, ingl. slaɪd/ [vc. ingl., da to slide «scivolare, scorrere»] s. m. inv. diapositiva, filmina …   Sinonimi e Contrari. Terza edizione

  • slide — ► VERB (past and past part. slid) 1) move along a smooth surface while maintaining continuous contact with it. 2) move smoothly, quickly, or unobtrusively. 3) change gradually to a worse condition or lower level. ► NOUN 1) a structure with a… …   English terms dictionary

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