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sailplane

[seyl-pleyn] /ˈseɪlˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
a very light glider that can be lifted by an upward current of air.
verb (used without object), sailplaned, sailplaning.
2.
to soar in a sailplane.
Origin of sailplane
1920-1925
First recorded in 1920-25; sail + plane1
Related forms
sailplaner, noun
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  • The Hungarian approached and looked at the sailplane in interest.

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  • I'll be in the back seat of your sailplane with a portable camera.

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  • Freddy laughed, even as he looked apprehensively over the sailplane's side.

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British Dictionary definitions for sailplane

sailplane

/ˈseɪlˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
a high-performance glider
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