Definition of glide in English:

glide

Syllabification: glide
Pronunciation: /ɡlīd
 
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verb

1 [no object] Move with a smooth continuous motion, typically with little noise: a few gondolas glided past
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  • But she glided effortlessly past, clearly unimpressed.
  • I watched him move across the kitchen, gliding in a perfect motion.
  • I remember skating at night on empty outdoor rinks, gliding on the smooth surface in long arcs.
1.1 [with object] Cause to move with a smooth continuous motion.
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  • Slowly, I made my way downstairs, gliding my hand along the smooth wooden banister.
  • Those of us who weren't heavy breathing had gone one stage further and were gliding a loving hand over the smooth, rounded bonnet.
  • She dared me to go for some red lipstick, so I smoothed some chapstick on, then glided the blood-red stuff onto my lips.
2 [no object] Make an unpowered flight, either in a glider or in an aircraft with engine failure.
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  • The aircraft then glided to a splashdown into the Pacific Ocean.
  • After the successful test flight, Altair glided to a landing on the remote desert runway.
  • I remember kicking off the side of the aircraft, gliding, and then popping my flotation.
2.1(Of a bird) fly through the air with very little movement of the wings.
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  • Both circled high over the estuary, sharply-pointed wings alternately flapping and gliding as the great birds searched for ducks and waders.
  • An owl glided nearby, wings whispering upon the darkness, huge eyes searching for slight movements in the sea of darkness.
  • In flight the wings have a ragged, moth-like appearance as this bird glides to and fro at a tremendous height.
Synonyms

noun

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1A smooth continuous movement.
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  • Then everything seemed to become compact and streamlined, his pace would quicken into a glide, rather than a sprint, and he would hit the ball like a smooth rock and be gone.
  • It's still the thing kids learn to write with and it's the writing instrument favored by artists, architects and others who like the buttery glide of soft lead.
  • But I figure that this will at least give me some frame of reference for the real thing, and that a leisurely glide down this course will permit me a small measure of confidence.
1.1A flight in a glider or unpowered aircraft.
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  • Included in the presentation was video from the most recent SS1 glide flight, which took place just three days earlier.
  • Then an eleven mile glide to the next good thermal.
  • The wind was already blowing in a favorable direction so it took only the barest hint of his power to begin his glide.
1.2A smooth continuous step in ballroom dancing.
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  • This style utilizes a glide step, and, rather than a perpetually upbeat approach, uses motions that ebb and flow with the mood of the music.
  • You miss people looking at you like you're insane when you're glide stepping to French class with your French book on your head so you don't bounce while you march.
  • They walk through the dancing couples; others dance, they walk, but they begin to walk in time, a lilting walk, almost a glide.
2 Phonetics A sound produced as the vocal organs move toward or away from articulation of a vowel or consonant, for example /y/ in mute /myo͞ot/.
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  • They are common in monosyllables and incorporate a glide before a vowel at a syllable boundary.
  • Other rules would account for glide insertion and consonant sharing.
  • The approximant r can also be regarded as a glide.

Origin

Old English glīdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch glijden and German gleiten.

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