[sawr-ing, sohr-]


the sport of flying a sailplane.

Origin of soaring

First recorded in 1895–90; soar + -ing1
Related formsun·soar·ing, adjective


[sawr, sohr]

verb (used without object)

to fly upward, as a bird.
to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird.
to glide along at a height, as an airplane.
to rise or ascend to a height, as a mountain.
to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level: His hopes soared.


an act or instance of soaring.
the height attained in soaring.

Origin of soar

1325–75; Middle English soren < Middle French essorer < Vulgar Latin *exaurāre, equivalent to Latin ex- ex-1 + aur(a) air + -āre infinitive suffix
Related formssoar·er, nounsoar·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for soar

1. See fly1. 4. tower; mount. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for soaring

towering, steep, lofty, flying, aerial, elevated, ascending, sky-high

Examples from the Web for soaring

Contemporary Examples of soaring

Historical Examples of soaring

  • There were, he continued, two different modes of soaring flight.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • My captain is an eagle, both as respects his eye and soaring wings.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • The soaring Kate, bearing her less brave sister in her arms, has fallen.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Tyndall's scientific ballast cannot keep him from soaring in a similar manner.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Then the soul spreads wings into the blue and sings to Him like soaring lark.

British Dictionary definitions for soaring


verb (intr)

to rise or fly upwards into the air
(of a bird, aircraft, etc) to glide while maintaining altitude by the use of ascending air currents
to rise or increase in volume, size, etcsoaring prices


the act of soaring
the altitude attained by soaring
Derived Formssoarer, nounsoaring, noun, adjective

Word Origin for soar

C14: from Old French essorer, from Vulgar Latin exaurāre (unattested) to expose to the breezes, from Latin ex- 1 + aura a breeze
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Word Origin and History for soaring



late 14c., from Old French essorer "fly up, soar," from Vulgar Latin *exaurare "rise into the air," from Latin ex- "out" (see ex-) + aura "breeze, air" (see aura). Of mountains, buildings, etc., by 1812; of prices, emotions, etc. from 1929. Related: Soared; soaring.

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