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[gli-sahd, -seyd]
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  1. a skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
  2. Dance. a sliding or gliding step.
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verb (used without object), glis·sad·ed, glis·sad·ing.
  1. to perform a glissade.
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Origin of glissade

1830–40; < French, equivalent to gliss(er) to slip, slide + -ade -ade1
Related formsglis·sad·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • 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!

  • The first part of the way down to the saddle we attempted a glissade.

    Inca Land

    Hiram Bingham

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for glissade


  1. a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
  2. a controlled slide down a snow slope
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  1. (intr) to perform a glissade
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Derived Formsglissader, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French, from glisser to slip, from Old French glicier, of Frankish origin; compare Old High German glītan to glide
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Word Origin and History 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).

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