glide, gliding, sailplaning, soaring, sailing

(noun) the activity of flying a glider

slide, glide, coast

(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”; “the children lined up for a coast down the snowy slope”

semivowel, glide

(noun) a vowellike sound that serves as a consonant


(verb) move smoothly and effortlessly


(verb) cause to move or pass silently, smoothly, or imperceptibly


(verb) fly in or as if in a glider plane

Source: WordNet® 3.1



glide (third-person singular simple present glides, present participle gliding, simple past glid or (archaic) glode or glided, past participle glid or glidden or (archaic) glode or glided)

(intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.

(intransitive) To fly unpowered, as of an aircraft. Also relates to gliding birds and flying fish.

(transitive) To cause to glide.

(phonetics) To pass with a glide, as the voice.


• (to move effortlessly): coast, slide


glide (plural glides)

The act of gliding.

(phonology) A transitional sound, especially a semivowel.

Synonyms: semivowel, semiconsonant

(fencing) An attack or preparatory movement made by sliding down the opponent’s blade, keeping it in constant contact.

A bird, the glede or kite.

A kind of cap affixed to the base of the legs of furniture to prevent it from damaging the floor.

The joining of two sounds without a break.

A smooth and sliding step in dancing the waltz.


• gelid, lidge, liged

Source: Wiktionary

Glide, n. (Zoöl.)

Definition: The glede or kite.

Glide, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Glided; p. pr. & vb. n. Gliding.] Etym: [AS. glidan; akin to D. glijden, OHG. glitan, G. gleiten, Sw. glida, Dan. glide, and prob. to E. glad.]

1. To move gently and smoothly; to pass along without noise, violence, or apparent effort; to pass rapidly and easily, or with a smooth, silent motion, as a river in its channel, a bird in the air, a skater over ice. The river glideth at his own sweet will. Wordsworth.

2. (Phon.)

Definition: To pass with a glide, as the voice.

Glide, n.

1. The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without labor or obstruction. They prey at last ensnared, he dreadful darts, With rapid glide, along the leaning line. Thomson. Seeing Orlando, it unlink'd itself, And with indented glides did slip away. Shak.

2. (Phon.)

Definition: A transitional sound in speech which is produced by the changing of the mouth organs from one definite position to another, and with gradual change in the most frequent cases; as in passing from the begining to the end of a regular diphthong, or from vowel to consonant or consonant to vowel in a syllable, or from one component to the other of a double or diphthongal consonant (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 19, 161, 162). Also (by Bell and others), the vanish (or brief final element) or the brief initial element, in a class of diphthongal vowels, or the brief final or initial part of some consonants (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 18, 97, 191).

Note: The on-glide of a vowel or consonant is the glidemade in passing to it, the off-glide, one made in passing from it. Glides of the other sort are distinguished as initial or final, or fore-glides and after-glides. For voice-glide, see Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 17, 95.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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