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[glahy-der] /ˈglaɪ dər/
a motorless, heavier-than-air aircraft for gliding from a higher to a lower level by the action of gravity or from a lower to a higher level by the action of air currents.
a porch swing made of an upholstered seat suspended from a steel framework by links or springs.
a person or thing that glides.
a person who pilots a glider.
Origin of glider
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at glide, -er1 Unabridged
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  • "It hasn't got the glider," muttered Foulet and his tone was tinged with disappointment.

  • But it seems that ten miles straight up is a bit too steep for a glider.

    The Black Star Passes John W Campbell
  • He'd flown before, on the commercial lines, but he'd never been in a glider.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • After this, Pilcher began to make plans for fitting an engine to his glider.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • He ordered built for him a glider of his own design for this particular purpose.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • After looping once, as shown in Fig. 3, the glider descends in volplane.

  • The wire used to truss the glider is No. 16 gauge piano wire.

British Dictionary definitions for glider


an aircraft capable of gliding and soaring in air currents without the use of an engine See also sailplane
a person or thing that glides
another name for flying phalanger
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Word Origin and History for glider

mid-15c., "person or thing that glides," agent noun from glide. Meaning "motorless airplane" is c.1897.

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