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sailplane

[seyl-pleyn]
noun
  1. a very light glider that can be lifted by an upward current of air.
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verb (used without object), sail·planed, sail·plan·ing.
  1. to soar in a sailplane.
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Origin of sailplane

First recorded in 1920–25; sail + plane1
Related formssail·plan·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for sailplane

Historical Examples of sailplane

  • The Hungarian approached and looked at the sailplane in interest.

    Mercenary

    Dallas McCord Reynolds

  • I'll be in the back seat of your sailplane with a portable camera.

    Frigid Fracas

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  • Freddy laughed, even as he looked apprehensively over the sailplane's side.

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British Dictionary definitions for sailplane

sailplane

noun
  1. a high-performance glider
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