Definition of glide in English:

glide

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Pronunciation: /glʌɪd
 
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verb

  • 1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move with a smooth, quiet continuous motion: 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 and adverbial of direction] Move (something) with a smooth continuous motion: slide your hands firmly across the shoulders then glide them down
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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: students learning to glide
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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 with very little movement of the wings: (as adjective gliding) gulls are gliding birds
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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.
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  • 1A gliding movement: the cuckoo makes its approach in a hawklike glide the Cessna started a gentle power-off glide
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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 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.
  • 1.2A flight in a glider or unpowered aircraft: just within range for a straight glide home
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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.
  • 2 Phonetics A sound produced as the vocal organs move towards or away from articulation of a vowel or consonant, for example /j/ in duke /djuːk/.
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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.
  • 3 Cricket A glancing stroke which slightly deflects the ball, especially towards the leg side.
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    • No shot seemed to take effort once he'd passed fifty and he brought up three figures with a glide to third man, his second half-century taking 68 balls.
    • Attempted a glide down to third man, and ended up edging it to slip
    • In that same over, he followed with a directed glide to the point boundary.

Origin

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

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