glid·​er | \ˈglī-dər \

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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The loophole, which the Obama administration took steps to close, involves glider kits. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt gave “super polluting” trucks a gift on his last day at the EPA," 8 July 2018 Don Pratt wasn't supposed to be in a glider soaring over the English Channel in the early morning hours of D-Day, but the University of Wisconsin-Madison alum wanted to be with his men. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The highest-ranking U.S. soldier killed on D-Day in Normandy was a University of Wisconsin alum," 4 June 2018 Nylon, the synthetic material invented by DuPont for women’s stockings, was used to make parachutes, glider tow ropes, aircraft fuel tanks and flak jackets, according to Smithsonian magazine. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "D-Day: How American and British technology helped win the battle and World War II," 6 June 2018 Another 18% of the nearly $85 in average spending goes to gliders and 13.5% is reserved for harvesting tools. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Here's How Much Cash the Average Player Spends on 'Fortnite'," 27 June 2018 The Pulse 10 Meter glider Buchanan was piloting was manufactured in 1995, registration records from the Federal Aviation Administration say. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Comedy routine that went awry led to pilot's death at Mountain Home airshow, report says," 26 June 2018 In the case of this expedition, that includes autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), gliders, Lagrangian floats, and autonomous surface vessels (ASVs). Logan Mock-bunting, Popular Mechanics, "On This Sea Cruise, Drones Train to Be the Underwater Explorers of the Future," 22 May 2015 The glider truck concept began so the engines of relatively new trucks that had been involved in accidents could be transferred to new truck bodies. Eric Lipton,, "‘Super polluting’ trucks receive loophole on Pruitt’s last day," 7 July 2018 Another 4,000 soldiers and crew later arrived in 500 gliders — towed by C-47s — to reinforce the paratroopers. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, "Surviving Doolittle Raider flies on restored D-Day plane," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of glider

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of glider

: an aircraft that is similar to an airplane but without an engine


glid·​er | \ˈglī-dər \

Kids Definition of glider

: an aircraft without an engine that glides on air currents

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