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hang glider

a kitelike glider consisting of a V -shaped wing underneath which the pilot is strapped: kept aloft by updrafts and guided by the pilot's shifting body weight.
Origin of hang glider
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
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  • As soon as it was off I shoved the hang-glider with all the force I could muster towards the edge.

    The Revolutions of Time Jonathan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for hang-glider


an unpowered aircraft consisting of a large cloth wing stretched over a light framework from which the pilot hangs in a harness, using a horizontal bar to control the flight
Derived Forms
hang-gliding, noun
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Word Origin and History for hang-glider

a type of popular flying device, 1971; see hang (v.) + glide (v.). The activity of hang-gliding is from the same time.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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