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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Once launched, the rocket boosts Avangard gliders very high into the atmosphere. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Tests Yet Another Hypersonic Weapon," 27 Dec. 2018 Authorities were alerted to the crash by witnesses who saw the glider fall. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Glider plane crashes in French Alps, killing man and teen," 13 Aug. 2018 Hanny had a wealth of interests, including boating, community theater in Lake Geneva, flying gliders, snow skiing and participating in triathlons. Bob Goldsborough,, "James Hanny, Vietnam veteran of 77 missions who flew for American Airlines, dies at 72," 11 Mar. 2018 Foote was an experienced glider pilot and had undergone 100 hours of simulator flying in the Skyhawk and had hoped to become a military pilot before his ambitions were derailed by health issues. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "It's Troublingly Common for Ground Crew Members To Steal Planes," 13 Aug. 2018 These trucks, known as gliders, repurpose old engines in new truck bodies to bypass pollution rules. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The EPA just undid Scott Pruitt’s final act in office," 27 July 2018 Of course, that might not matter to Fortnite fans, who may be happier with the exclusive in-game outfit, glider, and pickaxe that come with the bundle. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Nintendo Switch is getting a Fortnite bundle with exclusive items," 18 Sep. 2018 Instead, he was assigned to be a mechanic for gliders used to carry troops and equipment to battle. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Amway Co-Founder Richard DeVos Dies at 92," 6 Sep. 2018 However, gliders can emit upward of 55 times the amount of pollutants of trucks that meet current standards. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The EPA just undid Scott Pruitt’s final act in office," 27 July 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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