Meaning of “slide” in the English Dictionary

"slide" in English

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uk /slaɪd/ us /slaɪd/ slid, slid

slide verb (MOVE)

B2 [ I or T ] to (cause to) move easily and without interruption over a surface:

When I was little I used to like sliding on the polished floor in my socks.
We have one of those doors in the kitchen that slides open.
He slid the letter into his pocket while no one was looking.
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slide verb (GET WORSE)

[ I ] to go into a worse state, often through lack of control or care:

The dollar slid against other major currencies.
Car exports slid by 40 percent this year.
He was improving for a while, but I think he's sliding back into his old habits.
I was doing really well with my diet, but I've let it slide (= not tried so hard) recently.
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uk /slaɪd/ us /slaɪd/

slide noun (MOVEMENT)

[ C ] a sudden movement of a large mass of mud (= wet earth) or rock down a hill:

a mud/rock slide
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[ C ] a structure for children to play on which has a slope for them to slide down and usually a set of steps leading up to the slope

a part that moves easily backwards and forwards on an instrument or machine:

the slide on a trombone

(Definition of “slide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slide" in American English

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us /slɑɪd/ past tense and past participle slid /slɪd/

slide verb (MOVE EASILY)

to cause something to move easily over a surface, or to move in this way:

[ I ] My mother slid into the car seat next to me.
[ T ] He slid his hand into his back pocket.

slide verb (GET WORSE)

[ I ] to go into a worse state, often through lack of control or care:

The stock market crashed in October 1929 and the nation slid into a depression.


us /slɑɪd/

slide noun (PHOTOGRAPH)

[ C ] a small piece of film in a frame which, when light is passed through it, shows a photograph on a screen:

The art history professor showed us slides of the Parthenon today.

science [ C ] In scientific study, a slide is a small piece of glass on which you put something in order to look at it through a microscope (= device that makes small objects look larger) and see its structure.

slide noun (WORSE STATE)

[ C usually sing ] a movement into a worse state, often through lack of control or care:

He felt he was on a downward slide in which nothing was going right in his life.


[ C ] a structure used by children in their play that has a smooth, sloping side which lets them move down quickly from the top to the ground

(Definition of “slide” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"slide" in Business English

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slideverb [ I ]

uk /slaɪd/ us slid, slid

ECONOMICS, FINANCE to become worse, lower, or less in value, especially gradually:

Economists predict that house prices will continue to slide in most areas.
Manufacturing employment has slid for seven months in Minnesota.
slide (from sth) to sth The nation's unemployment rate slid to less than 5% last month.
slide into sth The economy was sliding into deep crisis.
Returns from Government bonds also slid sharply from 6.3% last year to 4.5% this year.

slidenoun [ C ]

uk /slaɪd/ us

ECONOMICS, FINANCE the process of becoming worse, lower, or less:

Several ministers expressed their worry at the euro's slide.
a slide in sth The last few months have seen a sharp slide in voter confidence.
a slide of sth The corporation's shares ended the day at 509p, a slide of 13p.
halt/stop/reverse a slide The French central bank yesterday succeeded in reversing the slide in the franc.

MARKETING one of a series of computer screens of information shown in a presentation:

The final slide showed two graphs.

(Definition of “slide” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)