[ seyl-pleyn ]
/ ˈseɪlˌpleɪn /


a very light glider that can be lifted by an upward current of air.

verb (used without object), sail·planed, sail·plan·ing.

to soar in a sailplane.

Origin of sailplane

First recorded in 1920–25; sail + plane1
Related formssail·plan·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sailplane

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

    Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • I'll be in the back seat of your sailplane with a portable camera.

    Frigid Fracas|Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • The Hungarian approached and looked at the sailplane in interest.

    Mercenary|Dallas McCord Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for sailplane


/ (ˈseɪlˌpleɪn) /


a high-performance glider
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