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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.
Origin of glissade
1830-40; < French, equivalent to gliss(er) to slip, slide + -ade -ade1
Related forms
glissader, noun Unabridged
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  • The first part of the way down to the saddle we attempted a glissade.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • It is called the hashiri (glissade); and we are to descend at a run!

  • In Switzerland he had studied the glissade, but when one carries a heavy load to balance on a precipitous slope is difficult.

    Northwest! Harold Bindloss
  • We crept up it, and from the summit descended by a glissade to the frontal portion of the cavern.

  • The glissade lasted but a moment, nevertheless it recalled to his mind a picture which was indelibly stamped in his memory.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
  • To shorten the return journey I was tempted to glissade down what appeared to be a snow-filled ravine, which was very steep.

    Travels in Alaska John Muir
  • The remaining steep slopes were also descended by glissade, and we afterwards marched cheerily over the gentler inclines.

  • By means of ropes attached to these I proposed to scour the mountain along the line of the glissade.

  • It was in deep winter weather and Timur had to be let down the snows by glissade in a basket guided by ropes.

  • There is our resting-place, herr,” he said, “with a perfect bit of snow for a glissade.

    The Crystal Hunters George Manville Fenn
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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