- 1[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move smoothly and quietly, especially as though it takes no effort Swans went gliding past. The skaters were gliding over the ice.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of birds or aircraft) to fly using air currents, without the birds moving their wings or the aircraft using the engine An eagle was gliding high overhead. The plane managed to glide down to the runway. See related entries: Plane travel Word Origin Old English glīdan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch glijden and German gleiten.Extra examples a swan gliding serenely past Boats were gliding gracefully on the lake. He cut the engines and glided silently into the clearing. The ball glided into the back of the net. The blade glided easily over my skin. The dancers glided smoothly across the floor. The swan spread its wings and glided gently downward.
BrE BrE//ɡlaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlaɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glide
BrE BrE//ɡlaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlaɪd//he / she / it glides
BrE BrE//ɡlaɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//ɡlaɪdz//past simple glided
BrE BrE//ˈɡlaɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlaɪdɪd//past participle glided
BrE BrE//ˈɡlaɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlaɪdɪd//-ing form gliding
BrE BrE//ˈɡlaɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlaɪdɪŋ//Plane travel