glis·​sade | \ gli-ˈsäd How to pronounce glissade (audio) , -ˈsād How to pronounce glissade (audio) \
glissaded; glissading

Definition of glissade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to perform a ballet glissade
2 : to slide in a standing or squatting position down a snow-covered slope without the aid of skis



Definition of glissade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a gliding step in ballet
2 : the action of glissading

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Other Words from glissade


glissader noun

Examples of glissade in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of Saturday, some snow was left at the top of the mountain but racers shouldn’t plan on glissading down it. Author: Kat Sorensen, Anchorage Daily News, "Mount Marathon is always arduous, but smoke, dust and heat could add to this year’s challenge," 2 July 2019 The best part, however, is glissading down the gully on the way back. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 Glissading involves sliding down a steep, snowy slope, usually while seated, and controlling the speed of the slide with the spike of an ice ax. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Mercer Island man believed dead after fall through snow at Aasgard Pass," 5 June 2017 Last year, a 24-year-old man was glissading down the pass and plunged over the edge of a waterfall hole. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Mercer Island man believed dead after fall through snow at Aasgard Pass," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of glissade


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glissade


French, noun, slide, glissade, from glisser to slide, from Old French glicier, alteration of glier, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German glītan to glide

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The first known use of glissade was in 1837

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“Glissade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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