Glide vs Collide - What's the difference?

glide | collide |

As verbs the difference between glide and collide

is that glide is to move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly while collide is to impact directly, especially if violent.

As a noun glide

is the act of gliding.




  • To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
  • * Wordsworth
  • The river glideth at his own sweet will.
  • * 1874 , (Marcus Clarke), (For the Term of His Natural Life) Chapter VI
  • The water over which the boats glided was black and smooth, rising into huge foamless billows, the more terrible because they were silent.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 22 , author= , title=Man Utd 5 - 0 Birmingham , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=But it was 37-year-old Giggs who looked like a care-free teenager as he glided across the pitch he knows so well to breathtaking effect.}}
  • To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.
  • To cause to glide.
  • (phonetics) To pass with a glide, as the voice.
  • Synonyms

    * (to move effortlessly) coast, slide


    (en noun)
  • The act of gliding.
  • (linguistics) Semivowel
  • (fencing) An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.
  • A bird, the glede or kite.
  • Anagrams

    * English ergative verbs English irregular verbs ---- ==Volapük==


  • collide



  • To impact directly, especially if violent
  • When a body collides with another, then momentum is conserved.
  • * Tyndall
  • Across this space the attraction urges them. They collide , they recoil, they oscillate.
  • * Carlyle
  • No longer rocking and swaying, but clashing and colliding .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=June 2 , author= Phil McNulty , title=England 1-0 Belgium , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=And this friendly was not without its injury worries, with defender Gary Cahill substituted early on after a nasty, needless push by Dries Mertens that caused him to collide with goalkeeper Joe Hart, an incident that left the Chelsea defender requiring a precautionary X-ray at Wembley.}}
  • To come into conflict, or be incompatible
  • China collided with the modern world.


    * clash