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

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

Examples from the Web for glider

Contemporary Examples of glider

Historical Examples of glider

  • "It hasn't got the glider," muttered Foulet and his tone was tinged with disappointment.

  • 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.


    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • After this, Pilcher began to make plans for fitting an engine to his glider.

  • He ordered built for him a glider of his own design for this particular purpose.

    The Romance of Aircraft

    Lawrence Yard Smith

British Dictionary definitions for glider



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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