A slide (item of play equipment)



  • To (cause to) move in continuous contact with a surface.
  • To move on a low-friction surface.
  • To drop down and skid into a base.
  • To lose one’s balance on a slippery surface.
  • To pass or put imperceptibly; to slip.
  • To subtly direct a facial expression at (someone).
  • To pass inadvertently.
  • To pass along smoothly or unobservedly; to move gently onward without friction or hindrance.
  • To decrease in amount or value.
  • To smoothly pass from one note to another by bending the pitch upwards or downwards.
  • To ride down snowy hills upon a toboggan or similar object for recreation.
  • To go; to move from one place or to another.
  • To kick so that the ball slides along the ground with little or no turning.


  • An item of play equipment that children can climb up and then slide down again.
  • A surface of ice, snow, butter, etc. on which someone can slide for amusement or as a practical joke.
  • The falling of large amounts of rubble, earth and stones down the slope of a hill or mountain; avalanche.
  • An inclined plane on which heavy bodies slide by the force of gravity, especially one constructed on a mountainside for conveying logs by sliding them down.
  • A mechanism consisting of a part which slides on or against a guide.
  • The act of sliding; smooth, even passage or progress.
  • A lever that can be moved in two directions.
  • A valve that works by sliding, such as in a trombone.
  • A transparent plate bearing an image to be projected to a screen.
  • A page of a computer presentation package such as PowerPoint.
  • A flat, usually rectangular piece of glass or similar material on which a prepared sample may be viewed through a microscope Generally referred to as a microscope slide.
  • The act of dropping down and skidding into a base
  • A hand-held device made of smooth, hard material, used in the practice of slide guitar.
  • A lively dance from County Kerry, in 12/8 time.
  • A small dislocation in beds of rock along a line of fissure.
  • A grace consisting of two or more small notes moving by conjoint degrees, and leading to a principal note either above or below.
  • A sound which, by a gradual change in the position of the vocal organs, passes imperceptibly into another sound.
  • A clasp or brooch for a belt, etc.
  • A pocket in one's pants (trousers).
  • A shoe that is backless and open-toed.
  • A voluntary stutter used as a technique to control stuttering in one's speech.
  • A promiscuous woman, slut.


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  • From Middle English sliden, from Old English slīdan ("to slide"), from Proto-Germanic *slīdaną ("to slide, glide"), from Proto-Indo-European, from *sleydʰ-. Cognate with Old High German slītan ("to slide") (whence German schlittern), Middle Low German slīden ("to slide"), Middle Dutch slīden ("to slide") (whence Dutch slijderen, frequentative of now obsolete slijden), .

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