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glissade

[gli-sahd, -seyd] /glɪˈsɑd, -ˈseɪd/
noun
1.
a skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
2.
Dance. a sliding or gliding step.
verb (used without object), glissaded, glissading.
3.
to perform a glissade.
Origin of glissade
1830-1840
1830-40; < French, equivalent to gliss(er) to slip, slide + -ade -ade1
Related forms
glissader, noun
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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

glissade

/ɡlɪˈsɑːd; -ˈseɪd/
noun
1.
a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
2.
a controlled slide down a snow slope
verb
3.
(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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