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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Participants will have the opportunity to program one of the world’s smallest robots, make instruments and LED bracelets, fly gliders and launch catapults. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: ‘In a Pickle Festival,’ ‘9/11 Heroes Run’," 5 Sep. 2019 The amphibious glider can stay afloat, even if the sea is a little choppy (big waves are a problem, though). Scientific American, "Drenchable Drones, Prickly Cells and Face-Tracked Chimps: Science GIFs to Start Your Week," 16 Sep. 2019 He was later assigned to a glider infantry unit at Ft. Kevin Dayhoff,, "Dayhoff: My first grade teacher Belle Fringer, the wife of a hero, the mother of a hero, and my hero," 14 Sep. 2019 The researchers hope the small glider could be used by marine biologists to collect water samples in hard-to-reach regions. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "This Glider Is Powered by a Chemical Reaction—Not an Engine," 11 Sep. 2019 The best kinds slide on wheels or gliders, meaning nothing is going missing in the dark abyss that is that back corner. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Designer Trick for Maxing Out Kitchen Cabinet Storage," 11 Sep. 2019 The 440 British gliders sailed in broad daylight from an altitude of 2,500 feet, all the while subject to heavy German fire. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Four Hours of Fury’ Review: A Dangerous Descent," 18 June 2019 During the night the ocean has started to freeze over and the glider stopped sending communication pings. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "Here's what Antarctica's calving glaciers look like up close," 12 Mar. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce glider (audio) \

Kids Definition of glider

: an aircraft without an engine that glides on air currents

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