Definition of Glide

1. Verb. Move smoothly and effortlessly. "The cars glide down the avenue"

Generic synonyms: Go, Locomote, Move, Travel
Specialized synonyms: Skid, Slew, Slide, Slip, Slue, Coast, Skitter, Snake, Skate, Plane, Skim, Surf, Surfboard, Body-surf, Snowboard
Also: Glide By
Derivative terms: Glider

2. Noun. A vowellike sound that serves as a consonant.
Exact synonyms: Semivowel
Generic synonyms: Phone, Sound, Speech Sound
Specialized synonyms: Palatal

3. Verb. Fly in or as if in a glider plane.
Category relationships: Air, Air Travel, Aviation
Generic synonyms: Aviate, Fly, Pilot
Specialized synonyms: Kite, Sailplane, Soar
Derivative terms: Glider, Gliding

4. Noun. The act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it. ; "The children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope"
Exact synonyms: Coast, Slide
Generic synonyms: Motion, Move, Movement
Specialized synonyms: Sideslip, Skid, Slip, Snowboarding
Derivative terms: Coast, Slide, Slide

5. Verb. Cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly. "They glide the car down the avenue"
Generic synonyms: Displace, Move

6. Noun. The activity of flying a glider.
Exact synonyms: Gliding, Sailing, Sailplaning, Soaring
Generic synonyms: Flight, Flying
Specialized synonyms: Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Parasailing
Derivative terms: Sailplane, Soar, Soar

Definition of Glide

1. n. The glede or kite.

2. v. i. To move gently and smoothly; to pass along without noise, violence, or apparent effort; to pass rapidly and easily, or with a smooth, silent motion, as a river in its channel, a bird in the air, a skater over ice.

3. n. The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without labor or obstruction.

4. n. Movement of a glider, aëroplane, etc., through the air under gravity or its own movement.

5. v. i. To move through the air by virtue of gravity or momentum; to volplane.

Definition of Glide

1. Verb. (intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To cause to glide. ¹

4. Noun. The act of gliding. ¹

5. Noun. (linguistics) Semivowel ¹

6. Noun. (fencing) An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact. ¹

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Definition of Glide

1. to move effortlessly [v GLIDED, GLIDING, GLIDES]

Medical Definition of Glide

1. The glede or kite. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Glide

glide (current term)
glide by
glide path
glide ratio
glide slope
glider gun

Literary usage of Glide

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Transactions of the Philological Society by Philological Society (Great Britain). (1881)
"This is rather the ordinary English pronunciation.] *5m Throat-glide. ... Key-word, English now, which seems to be generally pronounced with glide-t or j, ..."

2. A Dictionary of Similes by Frank Jenners Wilstach (1916)
"glide like a gentle stream. — ANON. glided like a flame of wind-blown fire. ... glide like a fallen leaf. — EB BROWNING. glide away Like a ghost at break of ..."

3. Flying Machines: Construction and Operation; a Practical Book which Shows by William James Jackman, Thomas Herbert Russell, Octave Chanute (1910)
"Theoretically, the proper way to begin a glide is from the top of an incline, facing against the wind, ..."

4. Flying Machines: Construction and Operation; a Practical Book which Shows by William James Jackman, Thomas Herbert Russell, Octave Chanute (1912)
"At its best there is an element of danger in aviation which cannot be entirely elimi- All Ready for a glide. nated, but it may be greatly reduced and ..."

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