Definition of slide in English:



  • 1 Move along a smooth surface while maintaining continuous contact with it.

    ‘she slid down the bank into the water’
    ‘the tank should have a sliding glass cover’
    • ‘He slid along the smooth floor, barely managing to scramble back and grab his gun before the walls smashed together.’
    • ‘She backed into a wall and slid slowly along it her hands feeling her way as her eyes faced those of the crowd.’
    • ‘Images of powerful creatures slide along the smooth walls.’
    • ‘She slid to the floor, her sweaty hand squeaking as it slid along the wall.’
    • ‘She came to a corner and she slid along the wall, her gun ready.’
    • ‘I pulled my summer diary from the enclosure and my hands trembled as they slid along the rawhide cover.’
    • ‘Finally I reach the wall and push myself off but now I am bouncing from wall to wall sliding along the carpet.’
    • ‘A folder was thrown onto the table; it slid along the smooth surface to land in front of her.’
    • ‘Normally, the pleurae are silky smooth, allowing your lungs to slide easily along your chest wall when you breathe in and out.’
    • ‘I slid along the wall until I was sitting on the floor next to the bathroom door.’
    • ‘Some quaint and furtive figures slid silently along the walls with a fearful air.’
    • ‘Unsteady on his feet, Matt fell on his back, sliding along the shattered glass once more before coming to a halt.’
    • ‘She slid along the wall and got into line with the rest of her classmates.’
    • ‘Upon impact, her body slid along the wall and collapsed onto the ground.’
    • ‘There is a metallic hum as the glass barrier moves, sliding into the floor, and the metal bars in the portal retract up.’
    • ‘Mark followed, sliding along the wall opposite from Jason.’
    • ‘His stomach sank into his feet and he slid down the smooth wall until seated on the grass.’
    • ‘I burst through the wall sliding along the carpeted floor hitting everything in my path.’
    • ‘The lady returned to her side, her dress rustling softly as it slid along the smooth surface.’
    • ‘Momentum from the whirling caused her body to continue sliding on a smooth, level surface.’
    glide, move smoothly, slip, slither, skim, skate, glissade, coast, plane
    trickle, run, flow, pour, stream, course, spill
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    1. 1.1[with object]Move (something) along a surface while maintaining continuous contact with it.
      ‘she slid the keys over the table’
      • ‘Her heart pounding fiercely out of her chest, she leaned out the window a little further, preparing to slide her right foot along the ledge.’
      • ‘The man raised an eyebrow, sliding his hand along her back.’
      • ‘Then he grabbed the keys to his car, extending the ignition key, and grabbed her wrist, sliding it along forcefully.’
      • ‘I watch as he slides one hand vertically along the desk - slowly, caressingly.’
      • ‘Grabbing the knife from the table, I slid it along the table to her hand.’
      • ‘Multiple readings of the fingerprint are taken while it is slid across the surface of the scanner.’
      • ‘The air is moist and moss-scented, and you slide your fingers along the slick castle stones as you're pulled by faint strains of music that sound vaguely familiar.’
      • ‘He felt no resistance from Annie, so he risked sliding a hand along her thigh.’
      • ‘‘My God, Marlon,’ purrs Sadie King as she slides her hand seductively along the vicar's leg while reaching for her pint of mild.’
      • ‘You merely slide the clip back along the track to release the tile.’
      • ‘He slid his fingers along the contour of his slender sword and slowly tightened them around the handle.’
      • ‘If I slide a brick along the table again and again, the friction is the same each time.’
      • ‘Interactive displays in which people slide their foot along the floor to trigger on-screen stories and use a tracker ball to zoom in on parts of the city will stay.’
      • ‘I pulled his shirt off as well and slid my hands along his broad, muscular back.’
      • ‘It is done by grasping a small portion of hair and gently applying traction while sliding the fingers along the hair shafts.’
      • ‘Returning to the familiar kitchen he slides a knife along his letters, slitting out their folded information.’
      • ‘Lay the pencil flat on one surface with the point resting on the other, and slide the pencil along to make the scribe.’
      • ‘Drake took a small folder from under his jacket and slid it along the desk to Paddy.’
      • ‘We slide our hands along our scarves before wrapping them around our bodies.’
      • ‘The problem is that later on in the game, when you have amassed a collection of inventory items, to get to a specific item, you have to use an arrow to slide the inventory along.’
    2. 1.2Move smoothly, quickly, or unobtrusively.
      [no object] ‘I quickly slid into a seat at the back of the hall’
      [with object] ‘she slid the bottle into her pocket’
      • ‘I changed quickly, sliding into the gorgeous red dress with its ribbon straps and low neckline, the skirt a short flare of chiffon.’
      • ‘She quickly slid down, making sure that nobody was there to see her.’
      • ‘He quickly drew back and slid towards the opposite edge of the bench, blushing furiously.’
      • ‘He nodded, kissed me quickly and slid under the blankets beside me.’
      • ‘Quickly I slid down as far as I could in my seat until my head was well below the window.’
      • ‘Niko quickly slid to the side as well to let the person through.’
      • ‘He stepped onto the grooved rubber flooring that was likely used to siphon off wet shoes and boots, before quickly sliding into the front seat of the rail.’
      • ‘I let go of Josh's arm as we reached his car, and quickly slid into the passenger seat.’
      • ‘Sprinting away from the attack, I quickly slid around to face him again.’
      • ‘Pain shot through my arm, quickly dampened by drugs sliding into my bloodstream.’
      • ‘As we sailed on a light wind, small islands close at hand slid quickly past and behind them ranges stood immobile on the skyline.’
      • ‘She scampered to the dining hall where she quickly slid into a seat next to Danielle.’
      • ‘They had spoken in unison, with quickly flashing grins sliding onto their lips.’
      • ‘As Riley started recovering, Lacey slid quickly under the bed, but he soon caught sight of her and grabbed her ankle.’
      • ‘He quickly moved around and slid into the driver's seat, moving the car out of the back road.’
      • ‘She laughed at how persistent he was, and quickly slid out of her scratchy and stiff nightgown that she had lived in for the past week.’
      • ‘Careful not to slip, she slid quickly down the side railing to go as fast as she could.’
      • ‘I realized that I was still holding Sean's hand and dropped it quickly, sliding into the seat Amber had just vacated.’
      • ‘Taking note of the time, she sat up quickly and slid out of bed.’
      • ‘Rian bowed to him, then quickly slid out of his seat and started heading toward the exit.’
      creep, steal, slink, slip, glide, tiptoe, sidle, ease, edge
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    3. 1.3Change gradually to a worse condition or lower level.
      ‘the country faces the prospect of sliding from recession into slump’
      • ‘The bribe currency slid downscale to the level of a few pounds of meat or several rolls of toilet paper.’
      • ‘They ensured the crushing of a local rebellion slid gradually into genocide.’
      • ‘He failed to cope with the country's economic problems, however, and was unable to prevent the country sliding into an economic recession.’
      • ‘However, since then, the issue has gradually slid to the outer edges of American consciousness.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, the economy is sliding rapidly into recession, deflation is worsening, and joblessness is at record levels.’
      • ‘He explained that numbers attending the second level school have been sliding over the years, dropping from a height of 300 to just over 70.’
      • ‘He knows it is a complicated argument and one that can quickly slide into a debate about whether terrorism ‘works’.’
      • ‘With the slumping global economy squeezing its exports, Japan is sliding into its fourth recession in a decade.’
      • ‘Sandro slid down to her level, and looked at her in a funny way.’
      • ‘Other will argue that Greenspan prevented the US economy from sliding into recession in the late 90s following the dotcom collapse.’
      • ‘The big news story of the day was negative equity, repossession, the loss of white collar jobs and the fear that recession could slide into depression.’
      • ‘But they may have to be lowered later to prevent the rest of the economy sliding back into recession.’
      • ‘Initially all was calm but when the storm struck, conditions inside the Superdome slid towards chaos and panic.’
      • ‘Fifth, there is a streak of melancholia in the English imagination, which can easily slide into a condition of fatalism.’
      • ‘Now the world may be sliding into a global recession.’
      • ‘It turned out the pilot had vertigo during the descent and thought he was straight and level while he was sliding back into a trail position.’
      • ‘In the next 10 years, Europe will slide down to the level of the third world in economic terms’
      • ‘The euro slid to its lowest level for seven months against the dollar yesterday as financial markets digested the French no vote.’
      • ‘But even public rhetoric slid to new levels after it became clear that the Congress would form government at the Centre.’
      • ‘Nobody - well, hardly anybody - expects the economy to slide back into a recession.’
      sink, fall, drop, descend
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  • 1A structure with a smooth sloping surface for children to slide down.

    • ‘There is a variety of fun to be gained on the slide, tunnel, climbing frames and also a soft baby play area, and action songs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile in nearby India Street a play area for children up to the age of eight has a slide, roundabout and see-saw.’
    • ‘Swings, a see-saw and a slide had already been ordered.’
    • ‘Some brought see-saws, slides and swings to their frames.’
    • ‘We also have a playground with swings and slides.’
    • ‘The slides, drums and see-saws in the park have a panel that indicates that energy can be created through friction alone.’
    • ‘We tried bird's eye views and worm's eye views of normal subjects, such as a playground slide.’
    • ‘The playground is like a mini replica of a scene from a Walt Disney set with a playhouse, swings, sandpit, slides, and see-saws.’
    • ‘There was a small playground covered in sand with a single swing set and a slide.’
    • ‘We had an ice-cream and a little play on the slide and climbing frame.’
    • ‘Children on the Temple Hill estate can look forward to new swings, slides and climbing frames in Attlee Drive's playground.’
    • ‘We had real playgrounds with merry-go-rounds and metal slides and wooden see saws, all placed on concrete.’
    • ‘The centre also have a playground with swings and slides, which you can use during your visit.’
    • ‘Across from school was a big public playground, filled with swing sets and slides and jungle gyms and merry-go-rounds.’
    • ‘There were playful screams and calls all around from the children as they went up ladders and down slides, across the jungle-gyms and chasing each other.’
    • ‘I watched the kids play around in the swing set and the slide.’
    • ‘Thirteen children's playgrounds are to be shut down but swings, see-saws and slides on six other sites are to be saved.’
    • ‘There is a playground with swings, slides, sandbox etc.’
    • ‘All the traditional features, such as climbing frames, swings, see-saws and slides, can be seen but there is so much more besides.’
    • ‘She watched as all the children played on the swing sets and slides.’
    water slide, flume, log flume, hydroslide
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    1. 1.1A smooth stretch or slope of ice or packed snow for sledding on.
      • ‘He slid along an icy slide in the manner of a child going home from school.’
      • ‘Crazy golf is included in the ticket price, the toboggan slides are great fun for kids of all ages and there are other outdoor activities to enjoy in fine weather.’
      • ‘Here at the world's largest snow playground, kids and adults can explore ice slides.’
      • ‘The dramatic rescue unfolded when ice gave way under Nadine as she played with friends on an ice slide at the reservoir at 8pm last Monday.’
      • ‘Under the grass, you find a door to winter frosting up through the heat, and a slide of ice to a lake frozen like glass and lit from beneath by the moon.’
      • ‘The toboggan slide has three individual sliding channels and rubber tubes are provided for the riders.’
      • ‘The plunge featured a forty-foot-high mass of granite boulders, toboggan slides, waterfalls, and observation decks.’
      • ‘The steep asphalt path at the west end of the ruins of St Mary's Abbey made a splendid toboggan slide, and the invigorating pastime was thoroughly enjoyed.’
      • ‘If the snow is wet, its colossal weight can compound the slide's lethal force.’
      • ‘Another time, I remember building a slide out of snow in the backyard with my sister and cousins.’
      • ‘It must have been fun creating the ice slide, where we see the animals swirling around on a kind of natural rollercoaster?’
      • ‘This fall a toboggan slide will be developed at Hespeler Park.’
    2. 1.2An act of moving along a smooth surface while maintaining continuous contact with it.
      ‘use an ice ax to halt a slide on ice and snow’
      • ‘Getting there was as wild and uncomfortable as any slide down a slippery slope can be.’
      • ‘First thing was how to traverse, followed by slow slides down the beginner slope.’
      • ‘Luckily, the plane made a short distance slide on the snow until it crashed against a rock on the mountain.’
      • ‘With bowling shoes, you're relying on them to give you a good slide up to the foul line.’
      • ‘Keeping the front wheels pointing in the direction of travel will also aid traction and help prevent a power-sapping slide.’
      • ‘A lone bolt would halt some of the slide, but not enough to warrant any comfort.’
      • ‘A short walk in the mountains, often in snow drifts up to head height, was followed by a toboggan slide back to Grytviken.’
      • ‘Her routine was uninspired writhing and undulating but her pole slide was something that Plato would have written a riddle about.’
      • ‘Sasha said little to Hardy, but gazed at him between bumps and slides along the dunes.’
      • ‘For some reason he doesn't like burnouts, wheelies and handbrake slides into our street.’
      • ‘The slide came, the slope caught them and the wheels came off.’
      • ‘what a beautiful way to start a dance, just a slow slide of the toe along glittering black marble.’
      • ‘A patch of soft snow stopped my slide and all was quiet.’
    3. 1.3Baseball A sliding approach to a base along the ground.
      • ‘He helps himself with a good move to first base and a quick slide step.’
      • ‘There are plenty of movements, like diving catches, double play attempts or slides into bases that look and feel very natural to the game itself.’
      • ‘This is bolstered with improved animation, so diving catches and slides into bases, for example, are extremely slick.’
      • ‘That's a solid double and a hard slide into third base.’
      • ‘Headfirst slides on the bases are off limits, as well.’
    4. 1.4A decline in value or quality.
      ‘the current slide in house prices’
      • ‘Instantly, and curiously, the slide was halted.’
      • ‘As Sydney sees another film festival opening, Australia needs to learn the lessons from abroad to halt the slide of its industry’
      • ‘The general view is that investors want to see more certainty on the US situation before the dollar can be expected to halt the present slide.’
      • ‘Instead, Reid has been been given more time to halt the slide.’
      • ‘Unless scientists and teachers can re-establish a sense of science as a progressive social project, we will not be able to halt the slide.’
      • ‘It felt like part of a long, long slide down that slippery slope of obsolescence.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for things to begin the slippery slide into mediocrity before plunging off a precipice into idiocy.’
      • ‘Once a school started down the slippery slope toward liberalism, nothing could stop its full slide to perdition.’
      • ‘However, once you start dwelling on exact and exhaustive definitions you inevitably go down a slippery slide of uncertain meanings.’
      • ‘Results released over the last two quarters, particularly in the United States indicate that credit quality is on the slide.’
      • ‘Surely this calls for a return to physical discipline to halt the endless slide into an unmanageable society.’
      • ‘It looked like another slide down the slippery slope of mediocrity for the Woodman.’
      • ‘Their enduring commitment to civil society, interfaith dialogue and secular education has helped halt the slide to conservatism.’
      • ‘What churches need, it seems, is a radical makeover to halt the slide and make them more appealing, attractive and entertaining to an increasingly sceptical population.’
      • ‘To erase the distinction appears to have been a moral gain, rather than a slide down the slope.’
      • ‘Contributing to the current slide are some of the older more established technology and telecommunications names.’
      • ‘Similarly, when the rates rise and the housing markets cool and the demand for lumber falls, the provincial government can do little to halt the slide.’
      • ‘And who knows how many Christians he is putting on a slippery slide of unbelief concerning the clear written Word of God?’
      • ‘But the stock slide has slashed the value of his original investment by two-thirds.’
      • ‘The resulting confusion has led many great Christian leaders down a slippery slide into unbelief.’
      fall, decline, drop, slump, tumble, downturn, downswing
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  • 2A part of a machine or musical instrument that slides.

    • ‘The slide is a smooth satin black, with almost all of its corners rounded.’
    • ‘A shortened and flared slide stop release lever seems like a luxury, and you may be right.’
    • ‘There's no slop, no shake, and the slide travels along the frame ways slick as greased ball bearings.’
    • ‘The slide stop lever rests above the upper left-hand grip panel.’
    • ‘An optional stainless steel slide will soon be available at a small additional charge.’
    • ‘At first he merely toyed with the instrument, running a slide up and down and picking out series of notes almost like scales.’
    • ‘This lube is for slides, rails, bushings - anywhere you need good lube to migrate.’
    • ‘Guys may buy something too hard-kicking, too sharp-edged or with springs so strong that the women can't operate the slides.’
    • ‘Since the hammer has to move for the slide to operate, everything is under control.’
    • ‘The remainder of the stainless steel slide has a fine matte finish.’
    • ‘His dark hair fell into his eyes as he looked down the slide of his instrument, inspecting the dent that his fall had put in it the day before.’
    • ‘He removes just enough material to smooth the slide, but not enough to weaken it structurally.’
    • ‘That makes it much easier for older shooters, or those with small hands or slender wrists, to operate its slide.’
    • ‘Just make sure the operating slide or slides are not bent.’
    1. 2.1The place on a machine or instrument where a sliding part operates.
      • ‘The tooling is mounted on arms that are attached to slides, as well.’
      • ‘It can also attach to tripod via a quick-release slide.’
    2. 2.2Slide guitar.
      ‘I'd been playing slide for years’
      • ‘In 1953, Honeyboy moved to Chicago where he remains today as one of as one of the city's best slide guitarists.’
      • ‘Tinny acoustic plucks, triangle tinkles, and a later-arriving electric slide accent the point.’
      • ‘Brokaw's slide and finger plucks should especially interest fans of M. Ward and, more so, John Fahey.’
      • ‘Then Handy describes the guitarist playing slide, fretting his instrument with a knife.’
      • ‘But the delivery sells it, and a song that opens with a descending chromatic wail and psychedelic wah-wah slide is just a bit much.’
      • ‘Clive is a master on lap slide, 6 and 12 string guitars, as well as being a considerable singer/songwriter in his own right.’
      • ‘He uses shadowy ghostings of pedal steel or slide blues tonality, though there are no bottlenecks in sight.’
      • ‘With the bass player and second guitarist supplying harmony vocals, and some fine slide playing from aforesaid guitarist, these guys got the job done.’
      • ‘I'd never seen a guitarist doing slide work in music this heavy before and I was blown away.’
  • 3A rectangular piece of glass on which an object is mounted or placed for examination under a microscope.

    • ‘The slides were packed in light-tight boxes containing desiccant and refrigerated for 14 days.’
    • ‘The measurements are performed in vitro, with a DNA construction anchored between a glass microscope slide and a silica bead.’
    • ‘The right wing of each male was mounted on a microscope slide and photographed with a digital camera through a stereoscopic microscope at a magnification of 40x.’
    • ‘When imaging liposome attachment and coalescence to a clean surface, the slides were affixed to a magnetic disk and placed directly into the microscope.’
    • ‘DNA microarrays consisting of thousands of individual gene sequences can be printed in a high density format on a glass microscope slide or deposited on a miniature matrix by a photolithographic process.’
    • ‘A robotic instrument can apply to a single glass microscope slide a representative piece of every one of the 6,100 genes present in the yeast genome.’
    • ‘The negative feedback current (approach curve) was obtained by moving the tip towards a glass microscope slide.’
    • ‘In our experiment, both surfaces (the slide and the bead) are prepared with a protein monolayer adsorbed.’
    • ‘The entire well of the microscope slide was examined under low power.’
    • ‘A wire hoop was placed inside each bag to prevent the fabric bags from coming into contact with the surface of the slides.’
    • ‘One wing was dissected from each of 10 flies of each sex from each of three independent vials and mounted carefully under a glass coverslip on a microscope slide.’
    • ‘The intensity of the evanescent wave created at the bottom of the flow cell decays exponentially with the distance from the slide's surface.’
    • ‘Fifty microliters were placed into a 5 mm BTX fusion chamber consisting of a microscope slide and two platinum wires.’
    • ‘As for the former problem, it is easy to demonstrate the characteristic filling from the central vessel in a spider by compressing it with your fingertip or a glass microscope slide to empty the spider and then watching it fill.’
    • ‘The machine then applies a thin, even layer of cells to a microscope slide for examination.’
    • ‘Two Pt electrodes separated by 1.1 cm were attached to a glass microscope slide, and the space between the electrodes was filled with the cell suspension.’
    • ‘A collection of software programs was developed to integrate off-the-shelf hardware components from a variety of vendors to capture, archive, and display images from a microscope slide.’
    • ‘The third leg was removed with a fine probe, mounted on a microscope slide, and examined with phase microscopy.’
    • ‘The wing is resting on a glass microscope slide but is not in mounting media.’
    • ‘Aged pupae were washed, dried, and then attached to a microscope slide with double-stick tape.’
    1. 3.1A mounted transparency, typically one placed in a projector for viewing on a screen.
      [as modifier] ‘a slide show’
      • ‘You can also use the StarOffice Navigator to view and select specific slides in the show.’
      • ‘In addition, there are two extended slide packs, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, containing 12 slides.’
      • ‘The easiest way is to print the image on a transparency slide (the ones normally used for an overhead projector) with a laser printer.’
      • ‘His slide programs were legendary and not merely because of the quality of his slides.’
      • ‘As the cells matured they fell off the slide and settled in the bottom of the jar.’
      • ‘Called a DNA microarray, it relied on the laws of nature, meaning that any virus applied to the slide would gravitate toward a like virus.’
      • ‘Their exhibition features 260 prints taken in the last three years, along with slides to be shown every Saturday afternoon for the duration of the exhibition.’
      • ‘At the benefit, he didn't pitch JWM directly, but showed a slide giving his e-mail address and phone number.’
      • ‘By chance, I found the little processing ‘darkroom’ for those slides at a local thrift store.’
      • ‘The high quality of the slides will ensure a reasonable lecture.’
      • ‘Nuclei labeling was homogenous within a cyst, but labeling intensity varied between cysts, depending on the slide quality.’
      • ‘Thus, in this room right now, we are converting electrical energy into light energy in the projector that is beaming images from my slides to the screen before you.’
      • ‘The class began their research by viewing slides and taking a trip to the library.’
      • ‘A slide projection on view, incorporating found and original photographs, was intended to be shown during dance performances.’
      • ‘With slide film, use your camera's exposure-compensation feature to underexpose by a half or a full stop for more saturated color bands.’
      • ‘Light conditions occasionally were less than ideal which particularly affected the quality of the color slides.’
      • ‘Yes, I think the report rather than the slides is a better way of setting up the structure that we have used.’
      • ‘Nowadays I use color images from digital cameras as well as scans from slides, and the negatives print much more predictably.’
      • ‘The high quality of my slides took me by surprise.’
      • ‘Other drawings and photographs, projected as slides or mounted on easels, picked out details of the city, highlighting the jumble of old and new.’
      transparency, diapositive, mount
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  • 4A sandal or light shoe without a back.


  • let something slide

    • Negligently allow something to deteriorate.

      ‘Papa had let the business slide after Mama's death’
      • ‘I have to find/make friends and maintain relationships, not letting them slide because ‘we won't be here for long‘.’
      • ‘Trusting in them, I let things slide until sometime around the 10th, at which point my mother begins to worry that the computer will not arrive in time for Christmas.’
      • ‘Once they've enjoyed their neighborhoods in this way, it's almost cruel to let things slide back to the way they were.’
      • ‘As many of you know, they cannot let a snide comment slide; they cannot turn the other cheek and allow the lecture, talk, forum or film to progress.’
      • ‘I just started letting shots slide away and once I'd made one or two on the trot it was difficult to stop making bogies.’
      • ‘Keith, who could get a chimpanzee to hit a flawless shot, noticed I had let my grip slide.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he has let things slide; he has allowed the laws against immorality to become a dead letter, and the Viennese to do very much as they please.’
      • ‘And it's up to them to embrace that rather than letting it slide.’
      • ‘At times, it might seem easier to just let things slide but, if you make that a pattern, you're denying your own feelings - not a good thing.’
      • ‘Republicans seem to know when to let subjects slide.’
      neglect, pay little attention to, pay no attention to, not attend to, be remiss about, be lax about, shirk, skimp on, let something go downhill, let something go to seed
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Old English slīdan (verb); related to sled and sledge. The noun, first in the sense act of sliding is recorded from the late 16th century.