- 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
Examples from the Web for 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 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).