Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To glide or slide like a reptile. See Synonyms at slide.
  • intransitive v. To walk with a sliding or shuffling gait.
  • intransitive v. To slip and slide, as on a loose or uneven surface.
  • transitive v. To cause to slither.
  • n. A slithering movement or gait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To move about smoothly and from side to side.
  • v. To slide

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To slide; to glide.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Slippery: same as slidder.
  • n. A limestone rubble; angular fragments or screes of limestone.
  • To slide: same as slidder.
  • n. In archery, a minute longitudinal split in a bow.
  • To suffer a minute longitudinal split: said of a bow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to pass or move unobtrusively or smoothly

Etymologies

Middle English slethren, variant of sliddren, from Old English slidrian, frequentative of slīdan, to slide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English slitheren, alteration of sliddren ("to slither, creep"), from Old English slidrian ("to slip, slide, slither"), from Proto-Germanic *slidrianan (“to slide, slither”), from Proto-Indo-European *sleidh- (“to slip”). Cognate with Dutch slidderen ("to slip, wriggle, slither"). More at slide. (Wiktionary)

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  • Also, note the Firefly/Buffyness of the visuals.

    March 7, 2012

  • "n. In archery, a minute longitudinal split in a bow." --CD&C

    March 6, 2012

  • Yes. Yes, it is.

    October 27, 2007

  • Isn't this a lovely little word?

    October 27, 2007