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[gli-sahd, -seyd] /glɪˈsɑd, -ˈseɪd/
a skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
Dance. a sliding or gliding step.
verb (used without object), glissaded, glissading.
to perform a glissade.
1830-40; < French, equivalent to gliss(er) to slip, slide + -ade -ade1
Related forms
glissader, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glissade
  • Most serious accidents happen when climbers slide or glissade down snowfields and are unable to stop or avoid hazards.
  • The pain became so intense that he preferred to glissade instead of walking down.
  • The great principle to be observed in all valses is to dance them smoothly and evenly with the sliding step, or glissade.
British Dictionary definitions for glissade


/ɡlɪˈsɑːd; -ˈseɪd/
a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
a controlled slide down a snow slope
(intransitive) to perform a glissade
Derived Forms
glissader, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French, from glisser to slip, from Old French glicier, of Frankish origin; compare Old High German glītan to glide
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Word Origin and History for glissade

in dancing sense, 1832 (v.), 1843 (n.), from French glissade, from glisser "to slip, slide" (13c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Dutch glissen), from Proto-Germanic *glidan "to glide" (see glide).

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Encyclopedia Article for glissade

(French: "sliding"), in ballet, a sliding step beginning and ending in the fifth position (feet turned out and pressed closely together, the heel of the right foot against the toe of the left, and vice versa). Used primarily as a preparation for jumps and leaps, the glissade begins when the dancer extends one leg along the floor to the front, side, or back from a fifth position with the knees slightly bent. He transfers his weight to the working leg and slides the other foot next to the first leg.

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