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glider

[glahy-der] /ˈglaɪ dər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a porch swing made of an upholstered seat suspended from a steel framework by links or springs.
3.
a person or thing that glides.
4.
a person who pilots a glider.
Origin of glider
late Middle English
1400-1450
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at glide, -er1
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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

glider

/ˈɡlaɪdə/
noun
1.
an aircraft capable of gliding and soaring in air currents without the use of an engine See also sailplane
2.
a person or thing that glides
3.
another name for flying phalanger
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Word Origin and History for glider
n.

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

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