(ergative) To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface
- He slid the boat across the grass.
- The safe slid slowly.
To move on a low-friction surface.
- Snow slides down the side of a mountain.
* (rfdate), Waller:
- The car slid on the ice.
(baseball) To drop down and skid into a base.
- They bathe in summer, and in winter slide .
To lose one’s balance on a slippery surface.
- Jones slid into second.
To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.
- He slid while going around the corner.
(obsolete) To pass inadvertently.
* Bible, Eccles. xxviii. 26
- to slide in a word to vary the sense of a question
To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
- Beware thou slide not by it.
* (rfdate), Dryden:
- A ship or boat slides through the water.
* (rfdate), Alexander Pope:
- Ages shall slide away without perceiving.
(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:
- Parts answering parts shall slide into a whole.
* (rfdate), Philip Sidney:
- With good hope let he sorrow slide .
- With a calm carelessness letting everything slide .
* let slide
An item of play equipment that children can climb up and then slide down again.
A surface of ice, snow, butter, etc. on which someone can slide for amusement or as a practical joke.
- The long, red slide was great fun for the kids.
The falling of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones down the slope of a hill or mountain; avalanche.
- (Charles Dickens)
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.
- The slide closed the highway.
* Francis Bacon
- a slide on the ice
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.
- A better slide into their business.
(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.
* (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
* water slide
To steal or snatch.
* 1968 , , 00:48:18:
- Hey! Who swiped my lunch?
To scan or register by sliding something through a reader.
- "Maybe I could swipe some Tintex from the five-and-dime."
To grab or bat quickly.
- He swiped his card at the door.
- The cat swiped at the shoelace.
(countable) A quick grab, bat, or other motion with the hand or paw; A sweep.
(countable) A strong blow given with a sweeping motion, as with a bat or club.
(countable, informal) A rough guess; an estimate or swag.
(uncountable) Poor, weak beer; small beer.
- Take a swipe at the answer, even if you're not sure.