glide Definition

  • 1to move smoothly and continuously along, as if without effort or resistance
  • 2to fly without using an engine
  • 3a smooth continuous movement

Using glide: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "glide" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The skater glided gracefully across the ice.

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    The bird glided through the air effortlessly.

  • Example

    The boat glided over the calm water.

  • Example

    The dancer's movements were so fluid that she seemed to glide across the stage.

glide Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using glide

  • making steady progress towards a goal or objective


    The company is on the glide path to success with its new product line.

  • to enter or approach something smoothly and easily


    The car glided into the parking space without any difficulty.

  • to do something with ease and without much effort


    She glided through the exam, answering every question correctly.

Phrases with glide

  • the path followed by an aircraft on its final approach to landing


    The pilot adjusted the glide path to ensure a smooth landing.

  • the angle of descent for an aircraft on its final approach to landing


    The air traffic controller instructed the pilot to maintain the glide slope.

  • the distance an aircraft can travel forward for every unit of altitude lost


    The glider had a high glide ratio, allowing it to stay aloft for long periods of time.

Origins of glide

from Middle English 'gliden', from Old Norse 'glíða'


Summary: glide in Brief

To 'glide' [ɡlaɪd] is to move smoothly and continuously without effort or resistance, such as skating or flying. It can also refer to a smooth continuous movement, exemplified by 'The boat glided over the calm water.' 'Glide' extends into phrases like 'glide path,' and idioms like 'on the glide path,' denoting steady progress, and 'glide through something,' implying ease and effortlessness.

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