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Dictionary Definition



1 a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study [syn: microscope slide]
2 (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.
3 (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale; "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides" [syn: swoop]
4 plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
5 the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it; "his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill"; "the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope" [syn: glide, coast]
6 a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector [syn: lantern slide]
7 sloping channel through which things can descend [syn: chute, slideway, sloping trough]


1 move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner; "the wheels skidded against the sidewalk" [syn: skid, slip, slue, slew]
2 to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly; "They slid through the wicket in the big gate" [syn: slither]
3 move smoothly along a surface; "He slid the money over to the other gambler" [also: slidden, slid]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /slaɪd/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪd




  1. To cause to move in continuous contact with a surface
    He slid the boat across the grass.
  2. To move in continuous contact with a surface.
    The safe slid slowly.
  3. To move on a low friction surface.
    The car slid on the ice.
  4. intransitive baseball To drop down and skid into a base.
    Jones slid into second.
  5. To lose one’s balance on a slippery surface.
    He slid while going around the corner.
  6. To let pass without action.
    ''The administrator let the minor infraction slide with only a disapproving look.


to cause to move in contact with a surface
  • Dutch: slepen, schuiven
  • Finnish: liu'uttaa, työntää, vetää
  • French: glisser
  • German: gleiten
  • Icelandic: renna
  • Japanese: 滑る; qualifier engineering 慴動させる
  • Spanish: deslizar
to move in continuous contact with a surface
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (huá)
  • Dutch: glijden
  • Finnish: liukua
  • French: glisser
  • German: gleiten
  • Hungarian: csúsz
  • Italian: scivolare
  • Japanese: 滑る; qualifier engineering 慴動する
  • Korean: 미끄러지다 (miggeureojida)
  • Portuguese: deslizar
  • Russian: скользить (skol’zít’)
  • Slovene: drseti
  • Spanish: resbalar
  • Swedish: glida
to move with low friction
  • Dutch: glijden
  • Finnish: liukua, luisua
  • French: glisser
  • German: rutschen
  • Italian: scivolare
  • Japanese: 滑る
  • Slovene: drseti
in baseball
  • Finnish: syöksyä
to lose balance
to let pass


  1. A toy for children where they climb up and then slide, glide down again.
    The long, red slide was great fun for the kids.
  2. The event of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones moving down the slope of a hill or from a mountain.
    The slide closed the highway.
  3. A lever that can be moved in two directions.
  4. A valve that works by sliding such as in a trombone.
  5. A transparent image, to be projected to a screen.
  6. The act of droping down and skidding into a base


rubble, earth and stones moving down
  • Dutch: schuif
  • Finnish: vipu
valve in eg. a trombone
transparent image for projecting
in baseball
  • Finnish: syöksy
  • Japanese: スライディング
from noun

Extensive Definition

Slide could be related to any of these.


Photography and Optics

  • Microscope slide - a thin glass sheet used to hold objects for examination.
  • Photographic slide or transparency - a thin translucent photograph bound in paper, plastic or similar frame and often used for projection with use of a slide projector for a slideshow.
  • A slide edit - a video editing term for moving a clip around in a timeline.
  • Slide (website) - a website that offers groups the ability to discover, share, and talk about photos together.




slide in Danish: Sliske
slide in German: Slide
slide in French: Slide
slide in Italian: Slide
slide in Japanese: スライド
slide in Polish: Slide
slide in Simple English: Slide (disambiguation)
slide in Turkish: Saydam

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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