Definition of slide noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//slaɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//slaɪd//
    Musical instruments
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    becoming lower/worse
  1. 1[countable, usually singular] a change to a lower or worse condition a downward slide in the price of oil the team’s slide down the table talks to prevent a slide into civil war The economy is on the slide (= getting worse). a stock market slide
  2. on ice
  3. 2[singular] a long, smooth movement on ice or a smooth surface synonym skid Her car went into a slide. a front wheel slide
  4. for children
  5. 3[countable] a structure with a steep slope that children use for sliding down to go down the slide
  6. fall of rock
  7. 4[countable] a sudden fall of a large amount of rock or earth down a hill synonym landslide I was afraid of starting a slide of loose stones.
  8. photograph
  9. 5[countable] a small piece of film held in a frame that can be shown on a screen when you shine a light through it synonym transparency a talk with colour slides
  10. computers
  11. 6[countable] one page of an electronic presentation, that may contain text and images, that is usually viewed on a computer screen or projected onto a larger screen I'm still working on the slides for my presentation.
  12. for microscope
  13. 7[countable] a small piece of glass that something is placed on so that it can be looked at under a microscope
  14. part of musical instrument
  15. 8[countable] a part of a musical instrument or other device that slides backwards and forwards See related entries: Musical instruments
  16. for hair
  17. 9[countable] (British English) = hairslide
  18. Word OriginOld English slīdan (verb); related to sled and sledge. The noun, first in the sense ‘act of sliding’, is recorded from the late 16th cent.Extra examples He gave a fascinating slide show on climbing in the Himalayas. He wouldn’t go down the slide by himself. No one could prevent the inexorable slide into war. The country is continuing the slide into chaos and violence. There were lots on children on the slide. her slow slide into drug addiction the market’s recent slide towards panic the start of a slippery slide down to family breakdown to stop the slide in the dollar a slide show/​projector
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