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

Examples of glider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Politically active executives with Fitzgerald Glider Kits, the largest maker of gliders, had welcomed then-candidate Donald Trump to one of their plants during the campaign and met with Pruitt in the first months of the Trump administration. Washington Post, "Watchdog faults rushed EPA rulemaking on glider trucks," 5 Dec. 2019 Onshore winds hit the cliff wall and rise up to create lifting force for gliders. Tom Stienstra,, "Sunday getaway to San Francisco’s Fort Funston," 23 Nov. 2019 Roboticists at Imperial College London and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology have developed a new type of glider that swiftly jumps from sea to air like a flying fish. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Glider Is Powered by a Chemical Reaction—Not an Engine," 11 Sep. 2019 China, America and Russia are all competing to develop such gliders. The Economist, "To mark 70 years of Communist rule, China shows off new weapons," 3 Oct. 2019 But the new agreement will help extend Scripps decades-long work in testing and improving maritime technology, from deep sea sensors to autonomous underwater gliders, lasers and drones. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coast Guard chooses UC San Diego to evaluate, develop safety and law enforcement technology," 30 Sep. 2019 The rocking chairs and gliders on the porch are made by Wood Studio in Fort Payne. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Gulf State Park Lodge is a leader in environmentally friendly design," 10 Sep. 2019 Among them were four dogs, 10 sugar gliders, a hedge hog, 14 birds and 60 adult rats with 23 babies. Leah Asmelash And Tina Burnside, CNN, "3 children were found living ankle-deep in trash in a house with 245 animals," 23 Oct. 2019 The researchers hope to bring their jump glider (or future evolutions of the prototype) into rough environments, such as natural disaster zones, to do sampling and monitoring. Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of glider

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Dec 2019

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“Glider.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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