To slide is to move down or across something in a smooth way. If you’re into that kind of thing, head to a playground and go down a slide. Just don’t push any toddlers out of the way.

You can slide your bed across your room so it's near the window, or slide on the kitchen floor in your socks. You can also slide down a slide, a play structure that's designed for climbing up and sliding down. Another kind of slide is the small rectangular piece of glass that scientists slide under a microscope to examine specimens, or the photography slide you slide into a projector for viewing.

Definitions of slide
  1. verb
    move smoothly along a surface
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  2. verb
    move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner
    synonyms: skid, slew, slip, slue
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    move forward or under in a sliding motion
    slide without control
    slide sideways through the air in a downward direction in an airplane along an inclined lateral axis
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    move smoothly and effortlessly
  3. verb
    to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly
    “They slid through the wicket in the big gate”
    synonyms: slither
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  4. noun
    the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
    “his slide didn't stop until the bottom of the hill”
    synonyms: coast, glide
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    sideslip, skid, slip
    an unexpected slide
    the act of sliding down a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard
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    motion, move, movement
    the act of changing location from one place to another
  5. noun
    sloping channel through which things can descend
    synonyms: chute, slideway, sloping trough
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    coal chute
    a chute for coal
    a chute down which logs can slide
    water chute
    chute with flowing water down which toboggans and inner tubes and people slide into a pool
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    gutter, trough
    a channel along the eaves or on the roof; collects and carries away rainwater
  6. noun
    plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide
    synonyms: playground slide, sliding board
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    type of:
    plaything, toy
    an artifact designed to be played with
  7. noun
    (geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.
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    a slide of large masses of snow and ice and mud down a mountain
    landslide, landslip
    a slide of a large mass of dirt and rock down a mountain or cliff
    an avalanche of volcanic water and mud down the slopes of a volcano
    a landslide of mud
    a landslide of rocks
    type of:
    a movement downward
  8. noun
    (music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale
    “the violinist was indulgent with his swoops and slides
    synonyms: swoop
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    a rapid series of ascending or descending notes on the musical scale
  9. noun
    a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study
    synonyms: microscope slide
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    plate glass, sheet glass
    glass formed into large thin sheets
  10. noun
    a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector
    synonyms: lantern slide
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    foil, transparency
    picture consisting of a positive photograph or drawing on a transparent base; viewed with a projector
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