glid·​er | \ ˈglī-dər How to pronounce glider (audio) \

Definition of glider

1 : one that glides: such as
a : an aircraft similar to an airplane but without an engine
b : a porch seat suspended from an upright framework
2 : something that aids gliding

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Examples of glider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to Smithsonian records, an employee rebuilt the Lilienthal glider in 1919. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile in Dorset, Will Sinclair (Jamie Flatters), a glider pilot, is training with the RAF. Sheena Scott, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Lilienthal glider was deemed unsafe and put into storage. Kellie B. Gormly, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Apr. 2022 Early in movie, a cocky English pilot steers an engineless Horsa transport glider as its towed across the English Channel by a hulking four-engine Stirling bomber. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Sigitas Besagirskas, the head of the Vilnius Industry and Business Association and owner of a small glider manufacturer, gets most of his materials from Germany but also needs a few small but vital Chinese parts. New York Times, 21 Feb. 2022 An innovation for glider flights was a two-way radio system set up at the field by the United States forest service. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2022 Actress Betty White, holding a sugar glider, at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association’s annual Beastly Ball in 2015. Ginger Adams Otis, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 From Luke's crash into the stairs to Greg's falling through the floor to me stubbing my little toe on the glider. Vanessa Etienne,, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of glider

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 May 2022

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“Glider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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glid·​er | \ ˈglī-dər How to pronounce glider (audio) \

Kids Definition of glider

: an aircraft without an engine that glides on air currents

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