Meaning of 'glide' (Webster Dictionary)
- The glede or kite.
- The act or manner of moving smoothly, swiftly, and without
labor or obstruction.
- 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).
- 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.
- To pass with a glide, as the voice.