From Middle English gliden, from Old English glīdan, from Proto-Germanic *glīdaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰleydʰ-. Cognate with West Frisian glide, glydzje, Low German glieden, Dutch glijden, German gleiten, Norwegian gli, Danish glide, Swedish glida.
- (intransitive) To move softly, smoothly, or effortlessly.
- The river glideth at his own sweet will.
- 1874, Marcus Clarke, For the Term of His Natural Life Chapter VI
- The water over which the boats glided was black and smooth, rising into huge foamless billows, the more terrible because they were silent.
2011 January 22, “Man Utd 5 - 0 Birmingham”, in BBC:
- But it was 37-year-old Giggs who looked like a care-free teenager as he glided across the pitch he knows so well to breathtaking effect.
- (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.
glide (plural glides)
- The act of gliding.
- (linguistics) Semivowel
- (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.