AskDefine | Define glide

Dictionary Definition



1 a vowel-like sound that serves as a consonant [syn: semivowel]
2 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" [syn: slide, coast]
3 the activity of flying a glider [syn: gliding, sailplaning, soaring, sailing]


1 move smoothly and effortlessly
2 fly in or as if in a glider plane
3 cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English glīdan, from West Germanic. Cognate with Dutch glijden, German gleiten.


  • /ɡlɑɪd/
  • SAMPA: /glaId/ (/glaIdz/, /glaIdIN/, /glaId@d/)
  • Rhymes with: -aɪd


  1. To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
  2. To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.
  3. To cause to glide.


To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly
To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft
To cause to glide


(to move effortlessly)


  1. The act of gliding.
  2. Semivowel
  3. An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.


The act of gliding
(fencing) An attack or preparatory movement

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Extensive Definition

Glide can mean:
glide in French: Glide

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