WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
glide /glaɪd/USA pronunciation v., glid•ed, glid•ing,n. 

  • [no object] to move smoothly, as if without effort:skaters gliding over the ice.
  • [no object] (of time) to elapse in a gradual way that goes unnoticed:The years glided by.
  • [no object] to move quietly or without being noticed:He glided noiselessly into the room.
    • to move in the air, esp. at an easy angle downward, with little or no engine power: [no object]The plane glided toward the runway.[+ object]The pilot glided the plane to a safe landing.
    • [no object] to fly in a glider.

    n. [countable]
  • a gliding movement, as in dancing.
  • an act or instance of gliding.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    glide /ɡlaɪd/ vb
    1. to move or cause to move easily without jerks or hesitations
    2. (intransitive) to pass slowly or without perceptible change: to glide into sleep
    3. to cause (an aircraft) to come into land without engine power, or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
    4. (intransitive) to fly a glider
    5. (intransitive) to execute a portamento from one note to another
    6. (intransitive) to produce a glide
    1. a smooth easy movement
    2. any of various dances featuring gliding steps
    3. a step in such a dance
    4. a manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes a gentle descent without engine power
    5. the act or process of gliding
    6. a portamento or slur
    7. a transitional sound as the speech organs pass from the articulatory position of one speech sound to that of the next, as the ( w ) sound in some pronunciations of the word doing
    Etymology: Old English glīdan; related to Old High German glītan

    ˈglidingly adv

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