glide

To glide is to sail or skate with ease across a surface. Your favorite thing about winter might be watching the skaters in the park glide silently on the ice-covered lake.

A sled glides down a snowy hill, and a kayak glides across a silvery pond. Another way to glide is to soar in the air: your paper airplane, if you make it the right way, will glide all the way across the room, and a hawk can glide through the sky without seeming to move its wings. A different kind of glide is linguistic, a sound that's pronounced like a vowel but functions as a consonant.

Primary Meanings of glide

1.
vn
move smoothly and effortlessly
the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
2.
n
a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant
Full Definitions of glide
1

v move smoothly and effortlessly

Types:
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skid, slew, slide, slip, slue
move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
coast
move effortlessly; by force of gravity
skitter
glide easily along a surface
snake
move smoothly and sinuously, like a snake
skate
move along on skates
plane, skim
travel on the surface of water
surf, surfboard
ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard
body-surf
ride the crest of a wave without a surfboard
snowboard
glide down a snow-covered slope while standing on a board
submarine
move forward or under in a sliding motion
skid
slide without control
side-slip
slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis
freewheel
coast in a vehicle using the freewheel
ice skate
move along on ice skates
figure skate
dance on skates
roller skate
travel on shoes with steel or rubber rollers attached to their soles
skateboard
ride on a flat board with rollers attached to the bottom
Rollerblade
travel on shoes with a single line of rubber wheels attached to their soles
aquaplane
ride on an aquaplane
windsurf
ride standing on a surfboard with an attached sail, on water
aquaplane
rise up onto a thin film of water between the tires and road so that there is no more contact with the road
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly

Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

v fly in or as if in a glider plane

Types:
kite
soar or fly like a kite
sailplane, soar
fly a plane without an engine
Type of:
aviate, fly, pilot
operate an airplane

n the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it

Synonyms:
coast, slide
Types:
sideslip, skid, slip
an unexpected slide
snowboarding
the act of sliding down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard
Type of:
motion, move, movement
the act of changing location from one place to another

n the activity of flying a glider

Synonyms:
gliding, sailing, sailplaning, soaring
Types:
hang gliding
gliding in a hang glider
paragliding, parasailing
gliding in a parasail
Type of:
flight, flying
an instance of traveling by air
2

n a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant

Synonyms:
semivowel
Types:
palatal
a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate (like the initial sound in the English word `yeast')
Type of:
phone, sound, speech sound
(phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language

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