slide noun

1 in photography

ADJ. colour | photographic

VERB + SLIDE show He gave a fascinating slide show on climbing in the Himalayas. | develop

SLIDE + NOUN film | presentation, show | projector

2 for use with a microscope

ADJ. glass | microscope

VERB + SLIDE mount sth on

3 playground equipment

VERB + SLIDE go/play on, go down He wouldn't go down the slide by himself.

PREP. on a/the ~ There were lots on children on the slide.

4 change to a lower/worse condition

ADJ. downward | inexorable

VERB + SLIDE halt, prevent, stop

PREP. ~ in to stop the slide in the euro | ~ into trying to prevent the inexorable slide into war | ~ towards the market's recent slide towards panic

slide verb

ADV. slowly Tears slid slowly down his pale cheek. | quickly | easily | smoothly a vehicle that will slide smoothly across snow | gently | gracefully | noiselessly, quietly, silently The moon slid silently behind a cloud. | imperceptibly | helplessly We slid helplessly down the slope. | away, back, backwards, down, forward, forwards, in, out, sideways The drawers slide in and out easily. (figurative) The eyes slid away from his own in embarrassment.

VERB + SLIDE begin to The melting snow began to slide from the sloping roofs.

PREP. across, along, down, from, into, off, onto, out of, over, to, up, etc. She took the note and slid it quickly into her pocket. He slid off the couch and walked over to me.

PHRASES slide open The lift doors slid open.