glid·​er ˈglī-dər How to pronounce glider (audio)
: one that glides: such as
: an aircraft similar to an airplane but without an engine
: a porch seat suspended from an upright framework
: something that aids gliding

Examples of glider in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Glider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


glid·​er ˈglīd-ər How to pronounce glider (audio)
: an aircraft without an engine that glides on air currents
: a porch seat suspended from a frame

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