[ glahy-der ]
/ ˈglaɪ dər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. glide path,
  2. glide plane,
  3. glide slope,
  4. glide time,
  5. glidepath,
  6. gliding,
  7. gliding bacteria,
  8. gliding joint,
  9. gliding lemur,
  10. glim

Origin of glider

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at glide, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glider


/ (ˈɡlaɪdə) /


an aircraft capable of gliding and soaring in air currents without the use of an engineSee also sailplane
a person or thing that glides
another name for flying phalanger
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper