- a skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
- Dance. a sliding or gliding step.
- to perform a glissade.
Origin of glissade
Related Words for glissadestream, skip, float, waft, skate, skim, slip, trip, decline, sail, spiral, descend, roll, soar, shoot, run, slink, drift, coast, fly
Examples from the Web for glissade
Historical Examples of glissade
There is our resting-place, herr,” he said, “with a perfect bit of snow for a glissade.The Crystal Hunters
George Manville Fenn
It is called the hashiri (glissade); and we are to descend at a run!Exotics and Retrospectives
The first part of the way down to the saddle we attempted a glissade.Inca Land
It was in deep winter weather and Timur had to be let down the snows by glissade in a basket guided by ropes.
We crept up it, and from the summit descended by a glissade to the frontal portion of the cavern.The Glaciers of the Alps
- a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
- a controlled slide down a snow slope
- (intr) to perform a glissade
Word Origin for glissade
in dancing sense, 1832 (v.), 1843 (n.), from French glissade, from glisser "to slip, slide" (13c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Dutch glissen), from Proto-Germanic *glidan "to glide" (see glide).