What is the difference between slide and slip?

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As verbs the difference between slide and slip

is that slide is (ergative) to (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface while slip is to lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.

As nouns the difference between slide and slip

is that slide is an item of play equipment that children can climb up and then slide down again while slip is (obsolete) mud, slime or slip can be a twig or shoot; a cutting or slip can be an act or instance of slipping.




  • (ergative) To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface
  • He slid the boat across the grass.
    The safe slid slowly.
    Snow slides down the side of a mountain.
  • To move on a low-friction surface.
  • The car slid on the ice.
  • * (rfdate), Waller:
  • They bathe in summer, and in winter slide .
  • (baseball) To drop down and skid into a base.
  • Jones slid into second.
  • To lose one’s balance on a slippery surface.
  • He slid while going around the corner.
  • To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.
  • to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question
  • (obsolete) To pass inadvertently.
  • * Bible, Eccles. xxviii. 26
  • Beware thou slide not by it.
  • To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
  • A ship or boat slides through the water.
  • * (rfdate), Dryden:
  • Ages shall slide away without perceiving.
  • * (rfdate), Alexander Pope:
  • Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
  • (music) To pass from one note to another with no perceptible cessation of sound.
  • To pass out of one's thought as not being of any consequence.
  • * (rfdate), Chaucer:
  • With good hope let he sorrow slide .
  • * (rfdate), Philip Sidney:
  • With a calm carelessness letting everything slide .

    Derived terms

    * let slide


    (en noun)
  • An item of play equipment that children can climb up and then slide down again.
  • The long, red slide was great fun for the kids.
  • A surface of ice, snow, butter, etc. on which someone can slide for amusement or as a practical joke.
  • (Charles Dickens)
  • The falling of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones down the slope of a hill or mountain; avalanche.
  • The slide closed the highway.
  • An inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, especially one constructed on a mountainside for conveying logs by sliding them down.
  • A mechanism consisting of a part which slides on or against a guide.
  • The act of sliding; smooth, even passage or progress.
  • a slide on the ice
  • * Francis Bacon
  • A better slide into their business.
  • *
  • A lever that can be moved in two directions.
  • A valve that works by sliding, such as in a trombone.
  • A transparent plate bearing an image to be projected to a screen.
  • (baseball) The act of dropping down and skidding into a base
  • (sciences) A flat, rectangular piece of glass on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope.
  • (music, guitar) A hand-held device made of smooth, hard material, used in the practice of slide guitar.
  • A lively dance from County Kerry, in 12/8 time.
  • (geology) A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure.
  • (Dana)
  • (music) A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below.
  • (phonetics) A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound.
  • A clasp or brooch for a belt, etc.
  • Synonyms

    * (item of play equipment) slippery dip * (inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity) chute * (mechanism of a part which slides on or against a guide) runner

    Derived terms

    * landslide * mudslide * water slide * hairslide



    Etymology 1

    (etyl) slype, of uncertain origin.


  • (obsolete) Mud, slime.
  • (ceramics) A thin, slippery mix of clay and water.
  • Etymology 2

    Probably from (etyl) slippe or (etyl) slippe. Compare Dutch slip, German Schlippe.


    (en noun)
  • A twig or shoot; a cutting.
  • a slip from a vine
  • (obsolete) A descendant, a scion.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a native slip to us from foreign seeds
  • A young person (now usually with (of) introducing descriptive qualifier).
  • She couldn't hurt a fly, young slip of a girl that she is.
  • A long, thin piece of something.
  • * Tennyson
  • moonlit slips of silver cloud
  • A small piece of paper, especially one longer than it is wide.
  • Derived terms
    * pink slip * sales slip

    Etymology 3

    Apparently from (etyl) slippen (Dutch slippen, German ).


  • To lose one's traction on a slippery surface; to slide due to a lack of friction.
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  • To err.
  • * Bible, Eccl. xix. 16
  • There is one that slippeth in his speech, but not from his heart.
  • To move or fly (out of place); to shoot; often with out'', ''off , etc.
  • A bone may slip out of place.
  • To pass (a note, money, etc.) often covertly.
  • She thanked the porter and slipped a ten-dollar bill into his hand.
  • To cause to move smoothly and quickly; to slide; to convey gently or secretly.
  • * Arbuthnot
  • He tried to slip a powder into her drink.
  • To move quickly and often secretively; to depart, withdraw, enter, appear, intrude, or escape as if by sliding.
  • Some errors slipped into the appendix.
  • * Prior
  • Thus one tradesman slips away, / To give his partner fairer play.
  • * Dryden
  • Thrice the flitting shadow slipped away.
  • * 1883 ,
  • We slipped along the hedges, noiseless and swift
  • (figuratively) To move down; to slide.
  • Profits have slipped over the past six months.
  • * {{quote-news
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  • (falconry) To release (a dog, a bird of prey, etc.) to go after a quarry.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Lucento slipped me like his greyhound.
  • (cooking) To remove the skin of a soft fruit, such as a tomato or peach, by blanching briefly in boiling water, then transferring to cold water so that the skin peels, or slips, off easily.
  • (obsolete) To omit; to lose by negligence.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • And slip no advantage / That may secure you.
  • To cut slips from; to cut; to take off; to make a slip or slips of.
  • to slip a piece of cloth or paper
  • * Mortimer
  • The branches also may be slipped and planted.
  • To cause to slip or slide off, or out of place.
  • A horse slips''' his bridle; a dog '''slips his collar.
  • To bring forth (young) prematurely; to slink.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • An act or instance of slipping.
  • I had a slip on the ice and bruised my hip.
  • A women's undergarment worn under a skirt or dress; a shift.
  • A mistake or error.
  • a slip of the tongue
  • * Fuller
  • This good man's slip mended his pace to martyrdom.
  • (nautical) A berth; a space for a ship to moor.
  • (nautical) A difference between the theoretical distance traveled per revolution of the propeller and the actual advance of the vessel.
  • (medicine) A one-time return to previous maladaptive behaviour after cure.
  • (cricket) Any of several fielding positions to the off side of the wicket keeper, designed to catch the ball after being deflected from the bat; a fielder in that position (See first slip, second slip, third slip, fourth slip and fifth slip.)
  • A number between 0 and 1 that is the difference between the angular speed of a rotating magnetic field and the angular speed of its rotor, divided by the angular speed of the magnetic field.
  • A leash or string by which a dog is held; so called from its being made in such a manner as to slip, or become loose, by relaxation of the hand.
  • * Sir S. Baker
  • We stalked over the extensive plains with Killbuck and Lena in the slips , in search of deer.
  • An escape; a secret or unexpected desertion.
  • He gave the warden the slip and escaped from the prison.
  • (printing, dated) A portion of the columns of a newspaper etc. struck off by itself; a proof from a column of type when set up and in the galley.
  • (dated) A child's pinafore.
  • An outside covering or case.
  • a pillow slip
    the slip or sheath of a sword
  • (obsolete) A counterfeit piece of money, made from brass covered with silver.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • Matter found in troughs of grindstones after the grinding of edge tools.
  • A particular quantity of yarn.
  • (UK, dated) A narrow passage between buildings.
  • (US) A long seat or narrow pew in churches, often without a door.
  • (mining) A dislocation of a lead, destroying continuity.
  • (Knight)
  • (engineering) The motion of the centre of resistance of the float of a paddle wheel, or the blade of an oar, through the water horizontally, or the difference between a vessel's actual speed and the speed it would have if the propelling instrument acted upon a solid; also, the velocity, relatively to still water, of the backward current of water produced by the propeller.
  • A fish, the sole.
  • Synonyms
    * (a mistake) blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, fluff, gaffe, lapse, mistake, stumble, thinko * (return to previous behaviour) lapse

    Derived terms

    * (undergarment) full slip, waist slip


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