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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun glide:


The word glide is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun glide

What does glide mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: glides

  1. a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of glide: semivowel
    • more generic terms: phone / sound / speech sound = an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
    • more specific word: palatal = a semivowel produced with the tongue near the palate
  2. the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of glide: coast / slide
    • more generic words: motion / move / movement = the act of changing location from one place to another
    • more specific words:
  3. the activity of flying a glider

Alternative definition of the noun glide


  1. The act of gliding.
  2. [linguistics] Semivowel
  3. [fencing] An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.

Definition of the verb glide

What does glide mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: glided | gliding | glides

  1. move smoothly and effortlessly
  2. fly in or as if in a glider plane
  3. cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly
    • example: They glide the car down the avenue
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

Alternative definition of the verb glide


  1. [intransitive] To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
  2. [intransitive] To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft.
  3. [transitive] To cause to glide.

Specialised definition of the verb glide

Glossary of sports / fencing

to make a moderate forward movement while maintaining contact with the opponent's blade

Glossary of sports / skiing

if a downhill skier glides, he or she travels smoothly without any edging (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


Glide is a census-designated place in Douglas County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,795 at the 2010 census.


  1. Glide is a musical group.
    • albums: "Here She Comes / Tangled", "Disappear Here", "Last", "Surfaced Euphoric", "Open Up and Croon", "Shrink Wrapped Real Thing", "Why You Asking?", "Shuffle Off to Buffalo", "Wake", "Something", "What Do I Know?"
    • official website:
  2. Glide is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like Freedom to Glide.


Glide a.k.a. Glyde.EXE is a fictional character from the 2002 TV anime series MegaMan NT Warrior.


  1. "Glide" is the tenth solo album by American dobro player Jerry Douglas, released in 2008.
  2. "glide" is a composition.
  3. "Glide" is a composition.
  4. "Glide" is a musical single of DJ Dave London.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "Glide" is a composition.


"Glide" is a 2013 comedy film directed by J.B. Rogers and written by James Vanderbilt.


  1. Glide is an instant video messaging platform for iOS and Android mobile devices. The app enables a user to record and send brief video clips, in a similar way as sending text messages.
  2. The Glide automobile was an American automobile manufactured by the Bartholomew Company in Peoria Heights, Illinois beginning in 1902. Founded by John B. Bartholomew, the company continued to produce automobiles until 1920, when the company began manufacturing trucks for the Avery Company, of which Bartholomew was also president.

Phrases with Glide

Phrases starting with the word Glide:

  1. glide by
  2. glide path
  3. glide-bomb
  4. Glide Ratio
  5. glide slope
  6. Glide Number

Phrases ending with the word Glide:

  1. hang glide
  2. Hang-Glide
  3. voice glide

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Glide

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Google previewHotel Monthly (1919)

The Andrews chair glide is a preventer of the noise caused by m0\'ing chairs over hard surfaced floors. The glide is a very simple attachment. When Your Bar is Closed Your guests should have immediate recourse to good coo], Sparklng ...

Google previewTeaching Fundamental Gymnastics Skills (2002)

by Debby Mitchell, Barbara Davis, Raim Lopez

A glide is a swing underneath the bar to help gain momentum, and the kip is the actual movement to thrust the body above the bar. There are numerous variations of this skill depending on the type of bar used. The kip is only for gymnasts who ...

Google previewA Grammar of Mina (2005)

by Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Eric Johnston

A palatal glide is a barrier to vowel harmony. There is also a very limited leftward vowel harmony, whereby the vowel a undergoes fronting when followed by a consonant and a front vowel. An outstanding feature of the phonological system of ...

Google previewBicycle Stunt Riding! (2000)

Catch Air by Chris Hayhurst

The elephant glide is a front wheel trick. Roll forward in a normal manner. Press your right pedal down and lift your left foot over the handlebars and onto the front left peg. Start circling to the left. Extending your right hand for balance, bring your ...

Google previewThe Brittle-Ductile Transition in Rocks (1990)

The Heard Volume by A. G. Duba

It is concluded that rigid body rotation due to anisotropic grain shape rather than intracrystalline glide is the dominant and most effective mechanism to produce ...

Google previewMovement (1998)

From Person to Actor to Character by Theresa Mitchell

Glide is a combination of light weight, direct space, and sustained time. Explore activities that typically use gliding actions such as ironing, ice skating, shaving, stroking a pet, or taking leaves. Any of these activities may be done with various ...

Google previewDictionary of Aviation (1911)

by Robert Morris Pierce

glide glaid v. [preterit glided, glode; past participle glided, gW 1. intr. pass from one place to another by a smooth, continuous, and easy movement; sail or sweep evenly along, as a balloon often does; skin smoothly onward, as in an aeroplane; ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Aerodynamics (2015)

by Frank Hitchens

Glide angle The glide angle of an aircraft is the angle between the horizontal and the aircraft's flight path . Flatter glide angles are achieved at greater lift/drag ratios . Lowering the flaps or undercarriage increases the drag reducing the lift/drag ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of the Holiness Movement (2009)

by William Kostlevy

GLIDE, LIZZIE HELEN SNYDER of the EA (1894–1902). A poet and songwriter, Gill edited several songbooks. One of Gill's most notable edited works , The Book of Hearts, became the basis for one of the most influential religious tracts of ...

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

glide bomb — A bomb fitted with airfoils to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Varieties of English (2013)

by Raymond Hickey

'Diphthong flattening'or'glide reduction' are terms used to refer to the lack of an upward glide withthe/ai/ diphthong (and in some few varieties with/au/ aswell), thatisfive /faiv/,hide /haid/ tendtoberealized as[faːv] and [ha:d] respectively in ...

Google previewDictionary of Space Technology (2013)

by Joseph Angelo

glide encounter, the spacecraft was put in a "quiet," or hibernation, mode, while it continued to travel in deep space. It was reactivated in February 1990 for a new task—this time to observe the Comet GriggSkjellerup. On July 10, 1992 the ...

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Quotes about Glide

out of the chrysanthemum
three inchworms doing
a glide dance

too bright a stage
for these inchworms' glide dance
the chrysanthemum

inspired by

carefully measured
by the inchworm...
-Issa,1821 (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of G2L1I1D2E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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