volplane

volplane

[vol-pleyn]
verb (used without object), volplaned, volplaning.
1.
to glide toward the earth in an airplane, with no motor power or with the power shut off.
noun
2.
a glide in an airplane.

Origin:
1905–10; < French vol plané glided flight, equivalent to vol flight (noun derivative of voler < Latin volāre to fly) + plané, past participle of planer to glide (see plane1)

volplanist, noun
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