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slide  (sld)
v. slid (sld), slid·ing, slides
1. To move over a surface while maintaining smooth continuous contact.
2. To coast on a slippery surface, such as ice or snow.
3. To pass smoothly and quietly; glide: slid past the door without anyone noticing.
4. To go unattended or unacted upon: Let the matter slide.
5. To lose a secure footing or positioning; shift out of place; slip: slid on the ice and fell.
a. To move downward: Prices began to slide.
b. To return to a less favorable or less worthy condition.
7. Baseball To drop down and skid into a base to avoid being put out.
1. To cause to slide or slip: slid the glass down to the other end of the counter.
2. To place covertly or deftly: slid the stolen merchandise into his pocket.
1. A sliding movement or action.
2. A smooth surface or track for sliding, usually inclined: a water slide.
3. A playground apparatus for children to slide on, typically consisting of a smooth chute mounted by means of a ladder.
4. A part that operates by sliding, as the U-shaped section of tube on a trombone that is moved to change the pitch.
5. An image on a transparent base for projection on a screen.
6. A small glass plate for mounting specimens to be examined under a microscope.
7. A fall of a mass of rock, earth, or snow down a slope; an avalanche or landslide.
8. Music
a. A slight portamento used in violin playing, passing quickly from one note to another.
b. An ornamentation consisting of two grace notes approaching the main note.
c. A small metal or glass tube worn over a finger or held in the hand, used in playing bottleneck-style guitar.
d. The bottleneck style of guitar playing.

[Middle English sliden, from Old English sldan.]
Synonyms: slide, slip1, glide, coast, skid, slither
These verbs mean to move smoothly and continuously over or as if over a slippery surface. Slide usually implies rapid easy movement without loss of contact with the surface: coal that slid down a chute to the cellar.
Slip is most often applied to accidental sliding resulting in loss of balance or foothold: slipped on a patch of ice.
Glide refers to smooth, free-flowing, seemingly effortless movement: four snakes gliding up and down a hollow (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Coast applies especially to downward movement resulting from the effects of gravity or momentum: The driver let the truck coast down the incline.
Skid implies an uncontrolled, often sideways sliding caused by a lack of traction: The bus skidded on wet pavement.
Slither can mean to slip and slide, as on an uneven surface, often with friction and noise: The detached crystals slithered down the rock face (H.G. Wells).
The word can also suggest the sinuous gliding motion of a reptile: An iguana slithered across the path.

slide [slaɪd]
vb slides, sliding, slid [slɪd] ; slid, slidden [ˈslɪdən]
1. to move or cause to move smoothly along a surface in continual contact with it doors that slide open children sliding on the ice
2. (intr) to lose grip or balance he slid on his back
3. (intr; usually foll by into, out of, away from, etc.) to pass or move gradually and unobtrusively she slid into the room
4. (intr; usually foll by into) to go (into a specified condition) by degrees, unnoticeably, etc. he slid into loose living
5. (foll by in, into, etc.) to move (an object) unobtrusively or (of an object) to move in this way he slid the gun into his pocket
6. (Music / Classical Music) (intr) Music to execute a portamento
let slide to allow to follow a natural course, esp one leading to deterioration to let things slide
1. the act or an instance of sliding
2. a smooth surface, as of ice or mud, for sliding on
3. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Building) a construction incorporating an inclined smooth slope for sliding down in playgrounds, etc.
4. (Team Sports / Rowing) Rowing a sliding seat in a boat or its runners
5. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) a thin glass plate on which specimens are mounted for microscopic study
6. (Miscellaneous Technologies / Photography) Also called transparency a positive photograph on a transparent base, mounted in a cardboard or plastic frame or between glass plates, that can be viewed by means of a slide projector
7. (Clothing, Personal Arts & Crafts / Hairdressing & Grooming) Also called hair slide Chiefly Brit an ornamental clip to hold hair in place US and Canadian name barrette
8. (Engineering / Mechanical Engineering) Machinery
a.  a sliding part or member
b.  the track, guide, or channel on or in which such a part slides
9. (Music / Instruments) Music
a.  the sliding curved tube of a trombone that is moved in or out to allow the production of different harmonic series and a wider range of notes
b.  a portamento
10. (Music / Instruments) Music
a.  a metal or glass tube placed over a finger held against the frets of a guitar to produce a portamento
b.  the style of guitar playing using a slide See also bottleneck [3]
11. (Earth Sciences / Geological Science) Geology
a.  the rapid downward movement of a large mass of earth, rocks, etc., caused by erosion, faulting, etc.
b.  the mass of material involved in this descent See also landslide
[Old English slīdan; related to slidor slippery, sliderian to slither, Middle High German slīten]
slidable  adj
slider  n

slide  (sld)
1. A mass movement of earth, rocks, snow, or ice down a slope. Slides can be caused by an accumulation of new matter or of moisture in the overlying material, or by erosion within or below the material. They are often triggered by an earthquake or other disturbance such as an explosion.
2. The mass of material resulting from such a process.

slide  /slad/  v. slid /sld/, sliding, slides 1 [I;T] to move s.t. across a surface: Workers slid boxes across the floor. 2 [I;T] to move easily and quietly: We arrived late and slid into our seats. 3 [I] to go downward or to a worse state or place: He has been sliding into depression since his wife died. 4 to let s.t. or things slide: to ignore s.t., to not take care of it: We let fixing the house slide, and now it needs a lot of repairs. 5 phrasal v. [I;T] to slide by: a. to pass by with little space: There is room enough; you can slide by me. b. to work as little as possible: He goes to college, but he just slides by with low grades. 6 phrasal v. [I;T] to slide over: to move over: Slide over so I can join you on the bench.
n. 1 on a childrens playground, a wooden or metal slope where one climbs up a ladder to the top, sits, and moves down quickly 2 the act of sliding: a slide down a hill in the snow 3 a lessening: a slide in prices 4 a photograph shown against a screen: We gathered in the living room and watched slides of my trip to Greece. 5 on a microscope, the glass that holds the thing being seen: a slide of a flys wing slide

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