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slide (v.)

Old English slidan (intransitive, past tense slad, past participle sliden) "to glide, slip, fall, fall down;" figuratively "fail, lapse morally, err; be transitory or unstable," from Proto-Germanic *slidan "to slip, slide" (source also of Old High German slito, German Schlitten "sleigh, sled"), from PIE root *sleidh- "to slide, slip" (source also of Lithuanian slysti "to glide, slide," Old Church Slavonic sledu "track," Greek olisthos "slipperiness," olisthanein "to slip," Middle Irish sloet "slide").

Meaning "slip, lose one's footing" is from early 13c. Transitive sense from 1530s. Phrase let (something) slide "let it take its own course, take no consideration of" is in Chaucer (late 14c.) and Shakespeare. Sliding scale in reference to payments, etc., is from 1842.

slide (n.)

1560s, from slide (v.). As a smooth inclined surface down which something can be slid, from 1680s; the playground slide is from 1890. Meaning "collapse of a hillside, landslide" is from 1660s. As a working part of a musical instrument from 1800 (as in slide-trombone, 1891). Meaning "rapid downturn" is from 1884. Meaning "picture prepared for use with a projector" is from 1819 (in reference to magic lanterns). Baseball sense is from 1886. Slide-guitar is from 1968.

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Definitions of slide
1
slide (n.)
a small flat rectangular piece of glass on which specimens can be mounted for microscopic study;
Synonyms: microscope slide
slide (n.)
(geology) the descent of a large mass of earth or rocks or snow etc.;
slide (n.)
(music) rapid sliding up or down the musical scale;
Synonyms: swoop
slide (n.)
plaything consisting of a sloping chute down which children can slide;
Synonyms: playground slide / sliding board
slide (n.)
the act of moving smoothly along a surface while remaining in contact with it;
Synonyms: glide / coast
slide (n.)
a transparency mounted in a frame; viewed with a slide projector;
Synonyms: lantern slide
slide (n.)
sloping channel through which things can descend;
Synonyms: chute / slideway / sloping trough
2
slide (v.)
move obliquely or sideways, usually in an uncontrolled manner;
Synonyms: skid / slip / slue / slew
slide (v.)
to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly;
They slid through the wicket in the big gate
Synonyms: slither
slide (v.)
move smoothly along a surface;
He slid the money over to the other gambler
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