What does glide mean?

Definitions for glide

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. semivowel, glidenoun

    a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant

  2. slide, glide, coastnoun

    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"

  3. glide, gliding, sailplaning, soaring, sailingverb

    the activity of flying a glider

  4. glideverb

    move smoothly and effortlessly

  5. glideverb

    fly in or as if in a glider plane

  6. glideverb

    cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly


  1. glidenoun

    The act of gliding.

  2. glidenoun


  3. glidenoun

    An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent's blade, keeping it in constant contact.

  4. glideverb

    To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.

  5. glideverb

    To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.

  6. glideverb

    To cause to glide.

  7. Etymology: From glīdan, from West Germanic. Cognate with Dutch glijden, German gleiten.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glidenoun

    Lapse; act or manner of passing smoothly.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    About his neck
    A green and gilded snake had wreath’d itself,
    Who, with her head nimble in threats, approach’d
    The opening of his mouth; but suddenly
    Seeing Orlando it unlink’d itself,
    And with indented glides did slip away
    Into a bush. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

  2. To GLIDEverb

    Etymology: glidan, Saxon; glijden, Dutch.

    By East, among the dusty vallies, glide
    The silver streams of Jordan’s crystal flood. Edward Fairfax, b. iii.

    Broke by the jutting land on either side,
    In double streams the briny waters glide. John Dryden, Æn.

    Just before the confines of the wood,
    The gliding Lethe leads her silent flood. John Dryden, Æn.

    Where stray the Muses, in what lawn or grove?
    In those fair fields where sacred Isis glides,
    Or else where Cam his winding vales divides. Alexander Pope.

    Ye gliding ghosts, permit me to relate
    The mystick wonders of your silent state. John Dryden, Æn.

    If one of mean affairs
    May plod it in a week, why may not I
    Glide thither in a day? William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    Shoals of fish, with fins and shining scales,
    Glide under the green wave. John Milton.

    He trembl’d every limb, and felt a smart
    As if cold steel had glided through his heart. John Dryden, Fables.

    All things are beheld as in a hasty motion, where the objects only glide before the eye and disappear. Dryden.


  1. glide

    Glide refers to the act or process of moving smoothly, effortlessly, and without any interruptions. This term is often used to describe the motion of birds, skaters, or swimmers. Additionally, in phonetics, it refers to a transitional sound between two phonemes, while in geology, it signifies a slow and gradual movement of landmass. It can also pertain to a specific type of dance step in ballroom dancing where dancers seem to glide across the floor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glidenoun

    the glede or kite

  2. Glideverb

    to move gently and smoothly; to pass along without noise, violence, or apparent effort; to pass rapidly and easily, or with a smooth, silent motion, as a river in its channel, a bird in the air, a skater over ice

  3. Glideverb

    to pass with a glide, as the voice

  4. Glidenoun

    the act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without labor or obstruction

  5. Glidenoun

    a transitional sound in speech which is produced by the changing of the mouth organs from one definite position to another, and with gradual change in the most frequent cases; as in passing from the begining to the end of a regular diphthong, or from vowel to consonant or consonant to vowel in a syllable, or from one component to the other of a double or diphthongal consonant (see Guide to Pronunciation, // 19, 161, 162). Also (by Bell and others), the vanish (or brief final element) or the brief initial element, in a class of diphthongal vowels, or the brief final or initial part of some consonants (see Guide to Pronunciation, // 18, 97, 191)

  6. Etymology: [AS. gldan; akin to D. glijden, OHG. gltan, G. gleiten, Sw. glida, Dan. glide, and prob. to E. glad.]


  1. Glide

    Glide is a census-designated place in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,795 at the 2010 census.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glide

    glīd, v.i. to slide smoothly and easily: to flow gently: to pass rapidly.—n. act of gliding: the joining of two sounds without a break: a smooth and sliding kind of waltz-step.—adj. Glid′dery, slippery.—n. Glīd′er, one who, or that which, glides.—adv. Glīd′ingly. [A.S. glídan, to slip; Ger. gleiten.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glide in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of glide in a Sentence

  1. RJ Intindola:

    When I hear a certain song playing in the background, I think of you and a vision of your face, pervades my soul. When the second song plays, your sweet fragrance fills the air around me. The third song and her gentle hand caressing my face tingles my body covered with goosebumps. At the fourth song, I gently glide to the radio and turn it off. There’s no sense roaming in the darkened marred past.

  2. Gennadiy Goldberg:

    The low inflation profile will certainly keep the Fed communicating a gradual glide path, but little in the July CPI report suggests that hikes should be delayed.

  3. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    God has made man a cosmopolite. He created seas for ships to glide on, the wind to push them, and the stars to guide them even in darkest night.

  4. John Greenleaf Whittier:

    Through this broad street, restless ever, ebbs and flows a human tide, wave on wave a living river; wealth and fashion side by side; Toiler, idler, slave and master, in the same quick current glide.

  5. Warren Buffett:

    Glide helped me understand just how much a life can be transformed by unconditional love and some real material help.

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