verb (used without object), glided, gliding.
to move smoothly and continuously along, as if without effort or resistance, as a flying bird, a boat, or a skater.
to pass by gradual or unobservable change (often followed by along, away, by, etc.).
to move quietly or stealthily or without being noticed (usually followed by in, out, along, etc.).
Music. to pass from one note to another without a break.
verb (used with object), glided, gliding.
to cause to glide.
a gliding movement, as in dancing.
a dance marked by such movements.
Music. (def 10a).
a calm stretch of shallow, smoothly flowing water, as in a river.
an act or instance of gliding.
Metallurgy. 1 (def 49).
a smooth metal plate, as on the bottom of the feet of a chair or table, to facilitate moving and to prevent scarring of floor surfaces.
a metal track in which a drawer, shelf, etc., moves in or out.
to move or cause to move easily without jerks or hesitations: to glide in a boat down the river
(intransitive) to pass slowly or without perceptible change: to glide into sleep
to cause (an aircraft) to come into land without engine power, or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
(intransitive) to fly a glider
(intransitive) (music) to execute a portamento from one note to another
(intransitive) (phonetics) to produce a glide
a smooth easy movement
a manoeuvre in which an aircraft makes a gentle descent without engine power See also glide path
the act or process of gliding
(crystallog) another name for slip1 (sense 33)
(cricket) another word for glance1 (sense 11)
Old English glidan “move along smoothly and easily, glide, slip, slide” (class I strong verb, past tense glad, past participle gliden), from West Germanic *glidan “to glide” (cf. Old Saxon glidan, Old Frisian glida, German gleiten). Related: Glided; gliding. Strong past tense form glid persisted into 20c. The noun is attested 1580s, from the verb.
[glahyd-path, -pahth] /ˈglaɪdˌpæθ, -ˌpɑθ/ noun, plural glidepaths [glahyd-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈglaɪdˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/ (Show IPA) 1. the course followed by an aircraft or spacecraft when descending for a landing.
- Glide path
noun 1. the approach path of an aircraft when landing, usually defined by a radar beam
noun, Crystallography. 1. a symmetry element of a space group such that a reflection of the lattice with respect to the plane and a translation of the lattice parallel to the plane bring the lattice back to its original position.
[glahy-der] /ˈglaɪ dər/ noun 1. a motorless, heavier-than-air aircraft for from a higher to a lower level by the action of gravity or from a lower to a higher level by the action of air currents. 2. a porch swing made of an upholstered seat suspended from a steel framework by links or springs. 3. […]