hang glider

noun

Definition of hang glider

: a kitelike glider from which a harnessed rider hangs while gliding down from a cliff or hill

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Other Words from hang glider

hang glide intransitive verb
hang gliding noun

Examples of hang glider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An accomplished hang glider, Nairz also hoped to soar off the South Col. Grayson Schaffer, Outside Online, 15 Sep. 2017 Climb to new heights, then activate a hang glider to reach an otherwise inaccessible cliffside. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 14 Feb. 2022 Early prototypes of the modern hang glider and paraglider were invented by Francis Rogallo, a Stanford aeronautical engineer from Fresno, and his wife, Gertrude, in the 1950s. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 From the main parking lot, walk a short distance toward the ocean bluffs to the viewing deck and launch platform for hang gliders. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, 23 Nov. 2019 The distance from South Texas to the Canadian border is far - and quite further if the trip is being made on a hang glider. Jennifer Bolton, Houston Chronicle, 21 June 2019 Emergency responders tend to hang glider pilot Dan Buchanan after his glider crashed Saturday afternoon during the Gunfighter Skies air show at Mountain Home Air Force Base. John Sowell, idahostatesman, 26 June 2018 Buchanan suffered a spinal injury in 1981 while landing a hang glider in bad weather. John Sowell, idahostatesman, 26 June 2018 The second day of a weekend airshow at a U.S. Air Force base in southwestern Idaho has been dedicated to the veteran hang glider pilot who died in Saturday's crash. Fox News, 3 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of hang glider

1930, in the meaning defined above

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Last Updated

30 Jul 2022

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“Hang glider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang%20glider. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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