slide

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun a device which allows continuous movement over a smooth surface
  • verb to move continuously over a smooth surface

Computing

  • noun one image in a presentation or a single frame of positive photographic film

Electronics

  • To move smoothly over a surface while maintaining continuous contact, as with sliding contacts. Also called wipe.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a picture on positive transparent photographic film mounted in a frame
  • noun an individual computer screen which can be produced as output in different formats

Media Studies

  • noun a small piece of film that carries a positive photograph that can be viewed by projection on a screen or through a magnifying device

Medical

  • noun a piece of glass, on which a tissue sample is placed, to be examined under a microscope

Slang

  • verb to leave, depart. A vogue term, like jam, jet, bail, etc., probably originating among street gangs and subsequently in use among adolescents on high-school and college campuses.

Travel

  • noun a slippery surface on ice

Origin & History of “slide”

Slide comes from a prehistoric Germanic *slīd- ‘slide, slip’, which also produced English sled, sledge, sleigh, and slither (OE). Its ultimate source was the Indo-European base *slei- or *lei-, a prolific source of words for ‘slide’. A version with -dh- on the end lies behind slide, and is also responsible for Greek olisthánein, Lithuanian slysti, Latvian slīdēt, and probably Welsh llithro ‘slide’. A version suffixed -b- produced English slip, and one ending in -g- has spread throughout the Slavic languages, giving Russian skol’zit’, Czech klouznouti, etc, all meaning ‘slide’.
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