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paragliding

[par-uh-glahy-ding] /ˈpær əˌglaɪ dɪŋ/
noun
1.
a sport resembling hang gliding, in which a person jumps from an aircraft or high place wearing a wide, rectangular, steerable parachute.

paraglide

[par-uh-glahyd] /ˈpær əˌglaɪd/
verb (used without object), paraglided, paragliding.
1.
to engage in paragliding.
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  • Surviving one mishap after another the pair finally arrive by paragliding to their junk-food shrine.
  • To go higher, spend a day paragliding on the area's renowned thermals.
  • He lives for adventure and continually seeks it through his paragliding experiences.
  • For something a little more physical, the city also offers excellent biking, mountain biking and paragliding.
  • Residents will have easy access to water sports, whale watching and paragliding.
  • paragliding equipment is very well built and, if properly cared for, will never fail.
British Dictionary definitions for paragliding

paragliding

/ˈpærəˌɡlaɪdɪŋ/
noun
1.
the sport of cross-country gliding using a specially designed parachute shaped like flexible wings.
Derived Forms
paraglider, noun
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Contemporary definitions for paragliding
verb

to pilot a large parafoil aircraft from the harness, to pilot a paraglider

Word Origin

para- 'dropped by parachute' + glide

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Encyclopedia Article for paragliding

sport of flying parachutes with design modifications that enhance their gliding capabilities. Unlike hang gliders, their close relations, paragliders have no rigid framework; the parachute canopy acts as a wing and is constructed of fabric cells with openings at the front that allow them to be inflated by movement through the air-the "ram-air" effect

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