a very light glider that can be lifted by an upward current of air.
verb (used without object), sailplaned, sailplaning.
to soar in a sailplane.

1920–25; sail + plane1

sailplaner, noun Unabridged
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sailplane (ˈseɪlˌpleɪn)
a high-performance glider

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Flying close to a mountain ridge in a sailplane does not engender the same fears as walking close to the edge of that ridge.
He discovers how to make a sailplane which will enable him to fly.
But the sailplane experience was less useful than it might appear to have been.
Leave it to the sailplane pilots to know what to look for.
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