What does glide mean?

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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.

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. Tom Karako:

    U.S. missile defense efforts have been largely oriented to a limited ballistic missile-style threat, but the threat from Russia is not just from ballistic missiles anymore. Cruise missiles and hypersonic-glide vehicles don’t follow predictable ballistic paths so we have to adapt to this emerging threat.

  2. Paul Nolte:

    This (Fed meeting) is going to be a relatively big deal, we are expecting to hear the glide path for tapering the bond purchases.

  3. Warren Buffett:

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

  4. Benjamin Brady:

    Wow, seems to be a really hot question lately, ’Can Tom Brady play till 50?’ Like, 50 years old. I don’t find it so difficult, and plus living in Florida it’s kind of a retiree state. I feel like I can just play and glide into retirement. I think I can, I think it’s a yes.

  5. Donald Trump:

    Comey let Clinton off the hook, the fix was final. The President Obama administration's anointed successor has had an indictment removed from Attorney General Loretta Lynch path and will now be able to glide to the rigged Democrat nomination.

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