hang glider


: a kitelike glider from which a harnessed rider hangs while gliding down from a cliff or hill
hang glide intransitive verb
hang gliding noun

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Examples of hang glider in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also known as the Strand, the 22-mile oceanfront path between Pacific Palisades and Torrance winds past five piers, two marinas, volleyball games, hang gliders, street performers and skate parks. Laura Randall, Los Angeles Times, 30 May 2024 After a 1978 hang gliding accident, Marilyn Hamilton worked with a pair of friends to invent a light, easy-to-maneuver wheelchair, using materials from hang gliders. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 Palestinians on motorcycles, in pickup trucks, and on hang gliders had managed something that not even foreign armies had done. David Remnick, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2023 The hosts also gave a glimpse into Roker’s WKYC field reporting days, including a clip of him with penguins at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and a clip of him on a hang glider. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 11 Dec. 2023 The Israel-Hamas war began in the early hours of Saturday, October 7, when Hamas militants and their affiliates stole over the Gazan-Israeli border by tunnel, truck, and hang glider, killed 1,200 people, and abducted over 200 more. P. W. Singer, Foreign Affairs, 5 Dec. 2023 Palestinian guerrillas were trying to attack a country protected by one of the most powerful militaries in the world — with hang gliders that were scarcely more than kites retrofitted with propellers and engines the size of a lawn mower’s. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 9 Oct. 2023 The publication noted that police received a call around 5 p.m. local time regarding a midair collision that involved a tandem paraglider and a single-person hang glider. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 18 Oct. 2023 As the Israeli army has stepped up its counteroffensive into the Gaza Strip, questions remain on how the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was able to use bulldozers, hang gliders and motorbikes to conduct the largest attack in 50 years against the most powerful military in the Middle East. Liam Collins, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hang glider was in 1930

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“Hang glider.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hang%20glider. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

hang glider

: a glider which resembles a kite and from which a rider hangs while gliding down from a cliff or hill
hang glide verb
hang gliding noun

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