Definitions for: Glide


[n] the activity of flying a glider
[n] the act of sliding or gliding
[n] a vowel-like sound that serves as a consonant
[v] move smoothly and effortlessly
[v] cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly
[v] fly a glider plane



Webster (1913) Definition: Glide, n. (Zo["o]l.)
The glede or kite.


Glide, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Glided; p. pr. & vb. n.
Gliding.] [AS. gl[=i]dan; akin to D. glijden, OHG.
gl[=i]tan, G. gleiten, Sw. glida, Dan. glide, and prob. to E.
glad.]
1. 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.

The river glideth at his own sweet will.
--Wordsworth.

2. (Phon.) To pass with a glide, as the voice.


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

They prey at last ensnared, he dreadful darts, With
rapid glide, along the leaning line. --Thomson.

Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd itself, And with
indented glides did slip away. --Shak.

2. (Phon.) A transitional sound in speech which is produced
by the changing of the mouth organs from one definite
position to another, and with gradual change in the most
frequent cases; as in passing from the begining to the end
of a regular diphthong, or from vowel to consonant or
consonant to vowel in a syllable, or from one component to
the other of a double or diphthongal consonant (see Guide
to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 19, 161, 162). Also (by
Bell and others), the vanish (or brief final element) or
the brief initial element, in a class of diphthongal
vowels, or the brief final or initial part of some
consonants (see Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect] 18,
97, 191).

Note: The on-glide of a vowel or consonant is the glidemade
in passing to it, the off-glide, one made in passing
from it. Glides of the other sort are distinguished as
initial or final, or fore-glides and after-glides. For
voice-glide, see Guide to Pronunciation, [sect][sect]
17, 95.


Glide, n. (A["e]ronautics)
Movement of a glider, a["e]roplane, etc., through the air
under gravity or its own movement.


Glide, v. i. (A["e]ronautics)
To move through the air by virtue of gravity or momentum; to
volplane.

Synonyms: gliding, sailing, sailplaning, semivowel, slide, soaring

See Also: aviate, coast, displace, elapse, flight, fly, flying, glide by, go, go along, go by, hang gliding, lapse, locomote, motion, move, move, movement, palatal, parasailing, pass, phone, pilot, plane, sailplane, sideslip, skate, skid, skid, skim, skitter, slew, slide, slide by, slip, slip, slip away, slip by, slue, snake, soar, sound, speech sound, surf, travel

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