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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Based on his experiments with gliders, Cayley develops the physics that will eventually lead to airplanes. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 Readers thus never learn of the harrowing experiences of British troops whose large gliders made their landings even more treacherous than those of their American counterparts. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Four Hours of Fury’ Review: A Dangerous Descent," 18 June 2019 Players can unlock roughly 50 courses, 30 drivers, 20 karts and 10 gliders. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Mario Kart Tour shows promise of mobile hit for Nintendo," 9 June 2019 Allied beachheads troops are linking up with airborne forces dropped deeper inland, headquarters said, and improvements in adverse weather aided reinforcements from glider sky trains. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019 The landings included nearly 23,000 paratroopers and glider troopers, 11,000 airplanes and 5,000 ships, according to the National D-Day Memorial Foundation. Jess Nocera,, "Howard County World War II veterans reflect on service before 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion," 6 June 2019 Ryan spoke personally or corresponded with everyone—from privates to generals; infantrymen, sailors, airmen, submariners, medics, drivers, paratroopers, glider crews and passengers. Winston Groom, WSJ, "‘The Longest Day’ Review: On the Beaches of Normandy," 5 June 2019 The 2016 Alisport Silent 2 Electro glider plane started its flight from Danbury Municipal Airport and eventually lost power over the city, forcing it into an emergency landing, according to the Danbury fire department. Zach Murdock,, "Electric glider loses power, crashes into roof of Danbury home," 5 June 2019 There’s also a new legendary skin dubbed Ultima Knight, complete with a giant dragon glider. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fortnite season X adds mech suits, a meteor, and ‘volatile rift zones’," 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of glider

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of glider was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce glider (audio) \

Kids Definition of glider

: an aircraft without an engine that glides on air currents

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