slide(slīd),USA pronunciationv.,slid(slīd),USA pronunciationslid or slid•den(slīd),USA pronunciationslid•ing,n. v.i.
to move along in continuous contact with a smooth or slippery surface:to slide down a snow-covered hill.
to slip or skid.
to glide or pass smoothly.
to slip easily, quietly, or unobtrusively on or as if on a track, channel, or guide rail (usually fol. by in, out, away, etc.).
to pass or fall gradually into a specified state, character, practice, etc.
to decline or decrease:Interest rates are beginning to slide.
Sport[Baseball.](of a base runner) to cast oneself, usually feet first, forward along the ground in the direction of the base being approached, to present less of a target for a baseman attempting to make a tag.
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 fol. by in, into, etc.):to slide a note into someone's hand.
let slide, to allow to deteriorate, pursue a natural course, etc., without intervention on one's part:to let things slide.
an act or instance of sliding.
a smooth surface for sliding on, esp. a type of chute in a playground.
an object intended to slide.
a landslide or the like.
the mass of matter sliding down.
Photographya single transparency, object, or image for projection in a projector, as a lantern slide.
Photographya small positive color transparency mounted for projection on a screen or magnification through a viewer.
Opticsa usually rectangular plate of glass on which objects are placed for microscopic examination.
Furniturea shelf sliding into the body of a piece when not in use.
Music and Dance
an embellishment consisting of an upward or downward series of three or more tones, the last of which is the principal tone.
aU-shaped section of the tube of an instrument of the trumpet class, as the trombone, that can be pushed in or out to alter the length of the air column and change the pitch.
Transporta vehicle mounted on runners, for conveying loads, as of grain or wood, esp. over a level surface.
(of a machine or mechanism)
Mechanical Engineeringa moving part working on a track, channel, or guide rails.
Mechanical Engineeringthe surface, track, channel, or guide rails on which the part moves.
Mechanical Engineeringany of various chutes used in logging, mining, or materials handling.
Clothinga flat or very low-heeled, backless shoe or slipper that can be slipped on and off the foot easily.
bef. 950; Middle English sliden (verb, verbal), Old English slīdan; cognate with Middle Low German slīden, Middle High German slīten; akin to sled
1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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.