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Princeton's WordNet

  1. slide, microscope slidenoun

    a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study

  2. slidenoun

    (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.

  3. swoop, slidenoun

    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale

    "the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides"

  4. slide, playground slide, sliding boardnoun

    plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide

  5. 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"

  6. slide, lantern slidenoun

    a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector

  7. chute, slide, slideway, sloping troughverb

    sloping channel through which things can descend

  8. skid, slip, slue, slew, slideverb

    move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner

    "the wheels skidded against the sidewalk"

  9. slither, slideverb

    to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly

    "They slid through the wicket in the big gate"

  10. slideverb

    move smoothly along a surface

    "He slid the money over to the other gambler"


  1. slidenoun

    A toy for children where they climb up and then slide down again.

    The long, red slide was great fun for the kids.

  2. slidenoun

    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. slidenoun

    The act of sliding, moving downwards in general.

  4. slidenoun

    A lever that can be moved in two directions.

  5. slidenoun

    A valve that works by sliding such as in a trombone.

  6. slidenoun

    A transparent image, to be projected to a screen.

  7. slidenoun

    The act of dropping down and skidding into a base

  8. slidenoun

    A flat, rectangular piece of glass on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope; a microscope slide.

  9. slidenoun

    A hand-held device made of smooth, hard material, used in the practice of slide guitar.

  10. slideverb

    To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface

  11. slideverb

    To move on a low friction surface.

    The car slid on the ice.

  12. slideverb

    To drop down and skid into a base.

    Jones slid into second.

  13. slideverb

    To lose one's balance on a slippery surface.

    He slid while going around the corner.

  14. Etymology: From sliden, from slidan, from slīdanan, from sleidh-. Cognate with slitan, sliden, sliden.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Slidenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    We have some slides or relishes of the voice or strings, continued without notes, from one to another, rising or falling, which are delightful. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Kings that have able men of their nobility shall find ease in employing them, and a better slide into their business; for people naturally bend to them. Francis Bacon.

    There be, whose fortunes are like ’s verses, that have a slide and easiness more than the verses of other poets. Francis Bacon.

  2. To Slideverb

    To put imperceptibly.

    Little tricks of sophistry by sliding in, or leaving out such words as entirely change the question, should be abandoned by all fair disputants. Isaac Watts.

  3. To Slideverb

    slid, preterite; slidden, participle pass.

    Etymology: slidan, slidende , sliding, Saxon; slijden, Dutch; ys-lithe, Welsh.

    Sounds do not only slide upon the surface of a smooth body, but communicate with the spirits in the pores of the body. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    Ulysses, Stheneleus, Tisander slide
    Down by a rope, Machaon was their guide. John Denham.

    Oh Ladon, happy Ladon, rather slide than run by her, lest thou shouldst make her legs slip from her. Philip Sidney.

    Smooth sliding without step. John Milton.

    He that once sins, like him that slides on ice,
    Goes swiftly down the slippery ways of vice:
    Though conscience checks him, yet those rubs gone o’er,
    He slides on smoothly, and looks back no more. Dryden.

    Make a door and a bar for thy mouth: beware thou slide not by it. Ecclus xxviii. 26.

    In the princess I could find no apprehension of what I said or did, but with a calm carelessness, letting every thing slide justly, as we do by their speeches, who neither in matter nor person do any way belong unto us. Philip Sidney.

    Thou shalt
    Hate all, shew charity to none;
    But let the famisht flesh slide from the bone,
    Ere thou relieve the beggar. William Shakespeare.

    Then no day void of bliss, of pleasure leaving,
    Ages shall slide away without perceiving. Dryden.

    Rescue me from their ignoble hands:
    Let me kiss yours when you my wound begin,
    Then easy death will slide with pleasure in. Dryden.

    Their eye slides over the pages, or the words slide over their eyes, and vanish like a rhapsody of evening tales. Isaac Watts.

    Nor could they have slid into those brutish immoralities of life, had they duly manured those first practical notions and dictates of right reason. South.

    Such of them should be retained as slide easily of themselves into English compounds, without violence to the ear. Alexander Pope.

    Begin with sense, of ev’ry art the soul,
    Parts answ’ring parts shall slide into a whole;
    Nature shall join you, time shall make it grow
    A work to wonder at. Alexander Pope.

    The gallants dancing by the river side,
    They bathe in summer, and in winter slide. Edmund Waller.

    The discovering and reprehension of these colours cannot be done but out of a very universal knowledge of things, which so cleareth man’s judgment, as it is the less apt to slide into any errour. Francis Bacon.

    Ye fair!
    Be greatly cautious of your sliding hearts. James Thomson.


  1. Slide

    Slide is a song written and performed by Scottish musician Calvin Harris featuring American singer Frank Ocean, and American rappers Quavo and Offset from the hip hop group Migos. It is the lead single from Harris's fifth studio album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, released on 23 February 2017 through Sony Music.


  1. slide

    A slide generally refers to a smooth movement, typically in a continuous and controlled manner, from one position to another. It may also pertain to a flat piece of material, like a photograph or a transparency, placed on a projector for viewing on a large screen, or a structure with a smooth, sloping surface for children to play by sliding down. It can also refer to a change or movement, like a decline or deterioration in a particular situation or condition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Slideverb

    to move along the surface of any body by slipping, or without walking or rolling; to slip; to glide; as, snow slides down the mountain's side

  2. Slideverb

    especially, to move over snow or ice with a smooth, uninterrupted motion, as on a sled moving by the force of gravity, or on the feet

  3. Slideverb

    to pass inadvertently

  4. Slideverb

    to pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance; as, a ship or boat slides through the water

  5. Slideverb

    to slip when walking or standing; to fall

  6. Slideverb

    to pass from one note to another with no perceptible cassation of sound

  7. Slideverb

    to pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence

  8. Slideverb

    to cause to slide; to thrust along; as, to slide one piece of timber along another

  9. Slideverb

    to pass or put imperceptibly; to slip; as, to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question

  10. Slidenoun

    the act of sliding; as, a slide on the ice

  11. Slidenoun

    smooth, even passage or progress

  12. Slidenoun

    that on which anything moves by sliding

  13. Slidenoun

    an inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, esp. one constructed on a mountain side for conveying logs by sliding them down

  14. Slidenoun

    a surface of ice or snow on which children slide for amusement

  15. Slidenoun

    that which operates by sliding

  16. Slidenoun

    a cover which opens or closes an aperture by sliding over it

  17. Slidenoun

    a moving piece which is guided by a part or parts along which it slides

  18. Slidenoun

    a clasp or brooch for a belt, or the like

  19. Slidenoun

    a plate or slip of glass on which is a picture or delineation to be exhibited by means of a magic lantern, stereopticon, or the like; a plate on which is an object to be examined with a microscope

  20. Slidenoun

    the descent of a mass of earth, rock, or snow down a hill or mountain side; as, a land slide, or a snow slide; also, the track of bare rock left by a land slide

  21. Slidenoun

    a small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure

  22. Slidenoun

    a grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below

  23. Slidenoun

    an apparatus in the trumpet and trombone by which the sounding tube is lengthened and shortened so as to produce the tones between the fundamental and its harmonics

  24. Slidenoun

    a sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound

  25. Slidenoun

    same as Guide bar, under Guide

  26. Slidenoun

    a slide valve

  27. Etymology: [OE. sliden, AS. sldan; akin to MHG. slten, also to AS. slidor slippery, E. sled, Lith. slidus slippery. Cf. Sled.]


  1. Slide

    "Slide" is a song recorded by American alternative rock group The Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in September 1998 as the first commercial single release from their sixth studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl. The song reached number one on both the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and number eight on the Hot 100 chart in late 1998 and early 1999. The song also debuted at #1 on Canada's Singles chart, and stayed on the chart for 70 more weeks. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA on August 18, 2008.


  1. Slide

    Slide, founded by PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, makes widgets that help people express themselves. The company took a big risk in 2006 when they gave users the ability to auto-insert slide shows into their MySpace pages and blasting bulletins out to all their friends. They did this by asking users to hand over their MySpace credentials, and doing all the hard work for them. This is a clear violation of MySpace’s terms of service, though, and most people expected Slide to receive a cease and desist letter and/or get access turned off. But that never happened, and Slide’s big bet has paid off. Slide has since evolved to offer a number of widgets. Users create and personalize widgets on Slide.com and can then use them on social networks, blogs and desktops.According to comScore Slide has more than 117 million unique monthly viewers. Slide also claims more than 200,000 new Slide Shows are added to the Slide Network each day.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slide' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4355

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slide' in Nouns Frequency: #2329

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'slide' in Verbs Frequency: #566

Anagrams for slide »

  1. delis

  2. idles

  3. sidle

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of slide in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of slide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of slide in a Sentence

  1. Steven Gruzd:

    The timing of these exercises is particularly unfortunate and will focus the world’s attention on South Africa during the anniversary of the war. I don’t think Western nations are going to let this one slide, it is very disturbing, that South Africa is hosting a military exercise with the country – an aggressor, invader – that is using its military force against a peaceful country, bringing destruction and trying to eliminate the Ukrainian Nation.

  2. Michael James:

    I think people are looking at the potential ripple effects from the slide in oil. You're seeing some of these ripple effects today.

  3. Nik Loukas:

    I'm torn between Pegasus Airlines from Turkey and Peach [pictured here] in Japan, i've sampled some amazing in-flight sushi on both airlines. I've also tried an amazing Wagyu beef salad on Peach, and one of the best steaks I've ever eaten in-flight was on Pegasus [see next slide].

  4. Karlee Daubeney:

    At first I was in a state of panic and I was looking for anything that could have opened the door, i was trying to write ‘ help ’ on pieces of cardboard to slide under the door. I think it was with ketchup or mayonnaise.

  5. Elias Diaz:

    I understand that there's old-school baseball, but we're not in old-school baseball anymore. There are new rules and things we've submitted to, and even us as catchers have mentally prepared ourselves for, and I don't agree that that's a legal slide.

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  • انزلقArabic
  • tobogan, lliscarCatalan, Valencian
  • sesuv, diák, skluzavka, klouzatCzech
  • Erdrutsch, Dia, Objektträger, rutschen, Rutsche, Klarsichtfolie, gleiten, ausrutschenGerman
  • σλάιντ, τσουλήθραGreek
  • corrimiento, corrimiento de tierra, portaobjeto, resbalar, tobogán, deslizamiento, diapositiva, deslizar, portaobjetos, slideSpanish
  • سریدن, سرسرهPersian
  • syöksyä, liukastua, kuultokuva, preparaatti, slide, liukumäki, maanvyörymä, liuku, liu'uttaa, luistaminen, luistaa, liukua, luisua, dia, diapositiivi, kalvo, syöksy, putki, maanvyöry, liukuminen, luisto, luistattaa, vipu, luistiFinnish
  • glissement, glissement de terrain, glisser, coulisse, glissade, diapo, toboggan, glissoire, glissière, diapositive, lameFrench
  • फिसल पट्टीHindi
  • csúsztat, csúszik, csúszda, elcsúszikHungarian
  • դիապոզիտիվ, ապակեհարթակ, սլայդ, առարկայական ապակիArmenian
  • renna, rennibraut, skyggna, sleðiIcelandic
  • scivolo, valanga, farfalla, saracinesca, scivolare, smottamento, diapositivaItalian
  • 慴動する, 滑る, 地滑り, スライド, スライドガラス, 滑り台, スライディング, 慴動させるJapanese
  • 미끄러지다Korean
  • slīdētLatvian
  • uitglijden, glijbaan, schuif, ventiel, slepen, schuiven, slide, voorwerpglaasje, objectglaasje, schuifaf, lawine, dia, glijdenDutch
  • ras, gli, skli, sleideNorwegian
  • poślizgnąć się, zjeżdżalnia, osuwiskoPolish
  • slide, escorrega, escorregador, escorregar, deslizar, escorrego, diapositivo, lâmina, deslizamentoPortuguese
  • tobogan, alunecare, aluneca, alunecare de teren, diapozitiv, lamăRomanian
  • слайд, предме́тное стекло́, скольже́ние, катить, катиться, скользить, го́рка, о́ползень, кули́са, диапозити́в, поскальзываться, поскользнутьсяRussian
  • tobogan, dias, drseti, udor, drsalni zaklopec, diapozitiv, spodrsniti, zdrsnitiSlovene
  • rutschkana, rutschbana, sladda, slira, glida, halkaSwedish
  • kaydırak, kaymak, saydamTurkish
  • רוקYiddish

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