follow Dictionary.com

Get the details behind our redesign

glider

[glahy-der] /ˈglaɪ dər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a porch swing made of an upholstered seat suspended from a steel framework by links or springs.
3.
a person or thing that glides.
4.
a person who pilots a glider.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see glide, -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for glider
  • 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

glider

/ˈɡlaɪdə/
noun
1.
an aircraft capable of gliding and soaring in air currents without the use of an engine See also sailplane
2.
a person or thing that glides
3.
another name for flying phalanger
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for glider

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for glider

8
10
Scrabble Words With Friends