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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
1400-50; late Middle English; see glide, -er1 Unabridged
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  • He had brought his Police Positive pistol with him from the glider, and a tear gun.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • He'd flown before, on the commercial lines, but he'd never been in a glider.

    Mercenary Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The 'Bat,' as Pilcher named his first glider, was a monoplane which he completed before he paid his visit to Lilienthal in 1895.

    A History of Aeronautics E. Charles Vivian
  • After this, Pilcher began to make plans for fitting an engine to his glider.

    The War in the Air; Vol. 1 Walter Raleigh.
  • One was the elevating plane by means of which an upward or downward motion of the glider was obtained.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • He ordered built for him a glider of his own design for this particular purpose.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • The glider had disappeared—all I could see was the floodlight.

    The Trouble with Telstar John Berryman
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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