verb (used without object), glided, gliding.
to move smoothly and continuously along, as if without effort or resistance, as a flying bird, a boat, or a skater.
to pass by gradual or unobservable change (often followed by along, away, by, etc.).
to move quietly or stealthily or without being noticed (usually followed by in, out, along, etc.).
to move in the air, especially at an easy angle downward, with less engine power than for level flight, solely by the action of air currents and gravity, or by momentum already acquired.
to fly in a glider.
Music. to pass from one note to another without a break.
verb (used with object), glided, gliding.
to cause to glide.
a gliding movement, as in dancing.
a dance marked by such movements.
Music. slur ( def 10a ).
a speech sound having the characteristics of both a consonant and a vowel, especially w in wore and y in your, and, in some analyses, r in road and l in load; semivowel.
a transitional sound heard during the articulation linking two phonemically contiguous sounds, as the y- sound often heard between the i and e of quiet.
a calm stretch of shallow, smoothly flowing water, as in a river.
an act or instance of gliding.
Metallurgy, slip1 ( def 49 ).
a smooth metal plate, as on the bottom of the feet of a chair or table, to facilitate moving and to prevent scarring of floor surfaces.
a metal track in which a drawer, shelf, etc., moves in or out.

before 900; Middle English gliden (v.), Old English glīdan; cognate with German gleiten

glidingly, adverb
ungliding, adjective

1. flow. See slide.

1. stick. Unabridged
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glide (ɡlaɪd)
1.  to move or cause to move easily without jerks or hesitations: to glide in a boat down the river
2.  (intr) 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.  (intr) to fly a glider
5.  (intr) music to execute a portamento from one note to another
6.  (intr) phonetics to produce a glide
7.  a smooth easy movement
8.  a.  any of various dances featuring gliding steps
 b.  a step in such a dance
9.  See also glide path a manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes a gentle descent without engine power
10.  the act or process of gliding
11.  music
 a.  See also valve a long portion of tubing slipped in and out of a trombone to increase its length for the production of lower harmonic series
 b.  a portamento or slur
12.  phonetics
 a.  a transitional sound as the speech organs pass from the articulatory position of one speech sound to that of the next, as the () sound in some pronunciations of the word doing
 b.  another word for semivowel
13.  crystallog another name for slip
14.  cricket another word for glance
[Old English glīdan; related to Old High German glītan]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. glidan "move along smoothly and easily" (class I strong verb, past tense glad, past participle gliden), from W.Gmc. *glidan (cf. O.S. glidan, O.Fris. glida, Ger. gleiten). No known cognates outside Germanic. Glider "motorless airplane," is c.1897.
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Example sentences
But they glide quickly over the fact that modern aquaculture is at an early
  stage of development.
Characters glide smoothly through scenes viewed from shifting, dramatic angles.
Without a smooth surface to glide over, the jet encounters friction and slows
But the astronauts lightly glide along the surface, kicking loose dirt around.
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