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[glahy-der] /ˈglaɪ dər/
a motorless, heavier-than-air aircraft for gliding from a higher to a lower level by the action of gravity or from a lower to a higher level by the action of air currents.
a porch swing made of an upholstered seat suspended from a steel framework by links or springs.
a person or thing that glides.
a person who pilots a glider.
Origin of glider
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see glide, -er1 Unabridged
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  • Maybe a reasonable high-to low glider, which would suggest pouncing on birds that are on the ground.
  • The largest bird that ever flew was an expert glider but was too heavy to fly by flapping its wings, researchers say.
  • The paradise tree snake is one of the smaller flying snakes and the best glider.
  • In theory, this sea glider could travel for thousands of kilometres on voyages that could last for years.
  • He did speculate it might be possible to fly it as a glider.
  • After ground school, you will have a pre-flight orientation and pre-flight, an inspection of your glider.
  • The fact that it is a glider means nothing at all, because there's so much speed and weight behind it.
  • The glider will bounce off the end of the track and rebound reaching a stable speed before colliding with the first glider.
  • The glider pilot appeared to be having some difficulty staying in position behind the tow plane.
  • This was an update that included glider pro, new houses, and a few utilities.
British Dictionary definitions for glider


an aircraft capable of gliding and soaring in air currents without the use of an engine See also sailplane
a person or thing that glides
another name for flying phalanger
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Word Origin and History for glider

mid-15c., "person or thing that glides," agent noun from glide. Meaning "motorless airplane" is c.1897.

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