- the sport of flying a sailplane.
Origin of soaring
- to fly upward, as a bird.
- to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird.
- to glide along at a height, as an airplane.
- to rise or ascend to a height, as a mountain.
- to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level: His hopes soared.
Origin of soar
1325–75; Middle English soren < Middle French essorer < Vulgar Latin *exaurāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aur(a) air + -āre infinitive suffix
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1. See fly1. 4. tower; mount.
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Examples from the Web for soaring
Thanks to the shale revolution, domestic oil production is soaring.Why the Keystone XL Pipeline May Not Be Built
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Strapped for medical staff and lacking in the resources needed to treat the 5,338 suspected cases, the numbers are soaring.Fighting Ebola and Starvation in Sierra Leone
November 5, 2014
In West Africa, where the epidemic began, the number of cases has been soaring for eight straight months.Ebola Panic Is Worse Than the Disease
October 9, 2014
A U.S. escalation of bombing in Iraq and Syria would send it soaring.Stop the ISIS War Before It Gets Worse!
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September 17, 2014
He was a soaring star from the moment he finished his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.No One’s Going to Challenge Hillary Clinton
May 10, 2014
There were, he continued, two different modes of soaring flight.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
My captain is an eagle, both as respects his eye and soaring wings.Barnaby Rudge
The soaring Kate, bearing her less brave sister in her arms, has fallen.The Law-Breakers
Tyndall's scientific ballast cannot keep him from soaring in a similar manner.Mountain Meditations
Then the soul spreads wings into the blue and sings to Him like soaring lark.The Romance of the Soul
- to rise or fly upwards into the air
- (of a bird, aircraft, etc) to glide while maintaining altitude by the use of ascending air currents
- to rise or increase in volume, size, etcsoaring prices
- the act of soaring
- the altitude attained by soaring
C14: from Old French essorer, from Vulgar Latin exaurāre (unattested) to expose to the breezes, from Latin ex- 1 + aura a breeze
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Word Origin and History for soaring
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