- 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
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Examples from the Web for glider
Occasionally someone climbed over it or crashed through it or dug under it, or made himself a glider and flew through it.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece
John le Carré
November 8, 2014
Lilienthal, “the Glider King,” was the first person to make repeated, successful flights on a glider.
The Daily Beast rounds up seven more, from the Glider King to the flying taxi inventor.
"It hasn't got the glider," muttered Foulet and his tone was tinged with disappointment.The Floating Island of Madness
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
He ordered built for him a glider of his own design for this particular purpose.The Romance of Aircraft
Lawrence Yard Smith
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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.
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