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 In 2008 a team led by researchers at Woods Hole successfully deployed a different glider prototype in the Carribean that used ocean temperature differences to power an electric propulsion system. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "The Plan to Build a Global Network of Floating Power Stations," 11 Jan. 2021 The tree of Life also includes oscillators, such as the blinker, and spaceships of various sizes (the glider being the smallest). New York Times, "The Lasting Lessons of John Conway’s Game of Life," 23 Dec. 2020 The glider gun, producing a steady stream of gliders, was discovered soon after by Bill Gosper, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. New York Times, "The Lasting Lessons of John Conway’s Game of Life," 23 Dec. 2020 Keeping hips slightly elevated and stationary, rock shoulders behind elbows, knees gliding along on the glider. Ashley Mateo,, "8 Moves for a Stronger and More Stable Core," 7 Oct. 2020 It’s like a glider pilot learning to land by trying out random motions of the control stick and then gradually refining those movements after seeing what works. Quanta Magazine, "Alchemy Arrives in a Burst of Light," 30 Sep. 2020 What little space there was in the backyard might go for a metal, swaying glider for summertime sitting out on, say, Riverside Avenue. Jacques Kelly,, "After a century in Baltimore, Shofer’s furniture calls it a day," 26 Sep. 2020 For parents, this Viv and Rae Griffin glider and ottoman will be a delightful investment for a nursery. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "Wayfair is having a massive sale on recliners right now," 10 Sep. 2020 Since then, the U.S. military has developed the X-37, a robot glider that made its sixth flight in May. NBC News, "China's first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-days in orbit," 6 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of glider

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Glider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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