Glide

Definition of Glide

n.1.(Zool.) The glede or kite.
v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Glided; p. pr. & vb. n. Gliding.]
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.) To pass with a glide, as the voice.
3.(Aëronautics) To move through the air by virtue of gravity or momentum; to volplane.
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.) 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).
3.(Aëronautics) Movement of a glider, aëroplane, etc., through the air under gravity or its own movement.

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