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soaring

[sawr-ing, sohr-] /ˈsɔr ɪŋ, ˈsoʊr-/
noun
1.
the sport of flying a sailplane.
Origin of soaring
1895-1990
1895-90; soar + -ing1
Related forms
unsoaring, adjective

soar

[sawr, sohr] /sɔr, soʊr/
verb (used without object)
1.
to fly upward, as a bird.
2.
to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird.
3.
to glide along at a height, as an airplane.
4.
to rise or ascend to a height, as a mountain.
5.
to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level:
His hopes soared.
noun
6.
an act or instance of soaring.
7.
the height attained in soaring.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English soren < Middle French essorer < Vulgar Latin *exaurāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aur(a) air + -āre infinitive suffix
Related forms
soarer, noun
soaringly, adverb
Synonyms
1. See fly1 . 4. tower; mount.
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  • You know her way, how she glides rather than seems to move her feet—the soaring, even motion of a sea-bird.

    Rest Harrow Maurice Hewlett
  • There were, he continued, two different modes of soaring flight.

    Flying Machines W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • As a result, soaring school costs, soaring property tax rates now threaten both our communities and our schools.

  • The soaring Kate, bearing her less brave sister in her arms, has fallen.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • In the sheer height of his enthusiasm, the soaring visionary was losing touch with the hard-headed groundling in the chair.

    The Crime Doctor Ernest William Hornung
British Dictionary definitions for soaring

soar

/sɔː/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to rise or fly upwards into the air
2.
(of a bird, aircraft, etc) to glide while maintaining altitude by the use of ascending air currents
3.
to rise or increase in volume, size, etc: soaring prices
noun
4.
the act of soaring
5.
the altitude attained by soaring
Derived Forms
soarer, noun
soaring, noun, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French essorer, from Vulgar Latin exaurāre (unattested) to expose to the breezes, from Latin ex-1 + aura a breeze
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Word Origin and History for soaring

soar

v.

late 14c., from Old French essorer "fly up, soar," from Vulgar Latin *exaurare "rise into the air," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + aura "breeze, air" (see aura). Of mountains, buildings, etc., by 1812; of prices, emotions, etc. from 1929. Related: Soared; soaring.

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