hang glider



a kitelike glider consisting of a V-shaped wing underneath which the pilot is strapped: kept aloft by updrafts and guided by the pilot's shifting body weight.

Nearby words

  1. hang around,
  2. hang back,
  3. hang behind,
  4. hang by a thread,
  5. hang fire,
  6. hang gliding,
  7. hang in,
  8. hang in the balance,
  9. hang it,
  10. hang loose

Origin of hang glider

First recorded in 1925–30

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British Dictionary definitions for hang-glider



an unpowered aircraft consisting of a large cloth wing stretched over a light framework from which the pilot hangs in a harness, using a horizontal bar to control the flight
Derived Formshang-gliding, noun

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Word Origin and History for hang-glider



a type of popular flying device, 1971; see hang (v.) + glide (v.). The activity of hang-gliding is from the same time.

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