WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
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.
a gliding movement, as in dancing.
an act or instance of gliding.
- [no object] to fly in a glider.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
glide /ɡlaɪd/ vb
- to move or cause to move easily without jerks or hesitations
- (intransitive) to pass slowly or without perceptible change: to glide into sleep
- to cause (an aircraft) to come into land without engine power, or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
- (intransitive) to fly a glider
- (intransitive) to execute a portamento from one note to another
- (intransitive) to produce a glide
Etymology: Old English glīdan; related to Old High German glītanˈglidingly adv
- a smooth easy movement
- any of various dances featuring gliding steps
- a step in such a dance
- a manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes a gentle descent without engine power
- the act or process of gliding
- a portamento or slur
- 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
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