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Monday, December 24, 2012

glissade

\gli-SAHD\ , verb;
1.
To perform a glissade, a sliding or gliding step.
noun:
1.
A skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
2.
Dance. A sliding or gliding step.
Quotes:
And then I hear it, a high tenuous glissade of sound that I might almost have mistaken for a siren if I didn't know better, and I realize that this is what I've been waiting for all along: the coyote chorus.
-- Tom Coraghessan Boyle, The Tortilla Curtain
Bodies which seem to hover over the floor, sinking only to rise. Glissade brushing to releve en attitude.
-- Anthony Howell, In the Company of Others
Origin:
Glissade entered into English in the 1830s as a version of the modern French verb glisser, meaning "to slip."
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