From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishslideslide1 /slaɪd/ ●●●S3W3 verb (past tense and past participle slid /slɪd/)1[intransitive, transitive]SLIDE to move smoothly over a surface while continuing to touch it, or to make something move in this wayslide along/across/down etcFrancesca slid across the ice.slide something across/along etcHe opened the oven door and slid the pan of cookies in.He slid open the door of the glass cabinet.2[intransitive, transitive always + adverb/preposition]PUT to move somewhere quietly and smoothly, or to move something in this wayslide into/out of etcDaniel slid out of the room when no one was looking.She slid into the driver’s seat.slide something into/out of etc somethingHe slid the gun into his pocket.3[intransitive]LESS if prices, amounts, rates etc slide, they become lower syn drop opp riseStocks slid a further 3% on the major markets today.► see thesaurus at decrease4[intransitive] to gradually become worse, or to begin to have a problemStudents’ test scores started to slide in the mid-1990s.slide intoMurphy gradually slid into a pattern of drug abuse.5 →let something slideTHESAURUSslide to move smoothly over a surface while continuing to touch itThe glass slid off the tray and crashed to the floor.The kids were having fun sliding around on the polished floor.slip to slide a short distance accidentally, and fall or lose your balance slightlyBe careful you don’t slip on the ice.She slipped and broke her ankle.skid to slide sideways or forwards in a way that is difficult to control – used especially about a moving vehicle He slammed on the brakes and the car skidded to a halt. Go slowly in wet or icy weather, because it’s easy to skid.glide to move smoothly and quietly across water or a smooth surface, especially in a graceful wayA swan was gliding across the lake.The ship glided into port.slither to slide in an awkward way, for example on a rough or muddy surface. Also used to describe the movement of a snake as it goes from side to side along the groundTom slithered down the bank into the water.The snake slithered away and disappeared under a rock.→ See Verb table
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slide• ""Your money, '' said White, as he slid a roll of banknotes across the table.• They slid about across her eyeballs.• Harryslid across the bench so he was sitting next to me.• His movements were becoming liquid and his eyes were beginning to slide around in their sockets like marbles in oil.• The children were having a great time, sliding around on the polishedfloor.• When he reached for her hand, it slid away from his.• He slid back on the mat to where she sat, and he handed her the jay.• The dollar fell in late trading in New York yesterday and slid further this morning.• Students' testscores started to slide in the mid-1980s.• The coffin was slid into the waiting hearse.• Fold the omelette over, slide it onto a plate, and serve immediately.• We slipped and slid, losing our balance on the ice• Several glassesslid off the tray and crashed to the floor.• The door to the corridorslid open.• He helps slide the jacket down my arms.• Is Swindon sliding towards SkidRow?• Prices will continue to slide unless production is reduced.• Slide your card into the machine and then tap in your number.slid open• After a moment, the door slid open.• At 12: 14 a. m., there was a knock from inside the chamber and a peepholeslid open.• Moments later his suspicions were confirmed as it gradually slid open.• The door to the corridor slid open.• The door slid open and he stepped out on to the platform, walking quickly towards the exit.• The single door beside her slid open, and she pushed herself out of the carriage.• It slid open as Bernice approached.• Lucy walked up the fight of steps; the plate glass doors slid open electronically as she crossed the beam.slide something into/out of etc something• McMurphy was there, studying the deck of cards that slid in and out of sight in his hands.• Sandi slid one out of the box she was taking.• When a car approached, two of them gently slid Miguel out of the way.slide into• Murphy gradually slid into a pattern of drug abuse.
slideslide2 ●●○S3 noun [countable]1for childrenDHT a large structure with steps leading to the top of a long sloping surface that children can slide down2decrease [usually singular]LESS a decrease in prices, amounts etc opp riseslide inthe current slide in house priceson the slideThe company’s shares were on the slide again yesterday, down 7p at 339p.3pictureTCP a small piece of film in a frame that you shine a light through to show a picture on a screen or walla slide show4getting worse [usually singular] a situation in which something gradually gets worse, or someone develops a problemslide inSchool administrators were unable to explain the slide in student performance.slide intoa slide into economic chaos5scienceST a small piece of thin glass used for holding something that you want to look at under a microscope6music/machineAPM a sliding part of a machine or musicalinstrument, such as the U-shaped tube of a trombone7movement [usually singular]SLIDE a sliding movement across a surfaceThe car went into a slide.8earth/snowHE a sudden fall of earth, stones, snow etc down a slopea rock slide9for hair British EnglishDCB a small metal or plasticobject that holds your hair in place