hang glider


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

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Buchanan suffered a spinal injury in 1981 while landing a hang glider in bad weather. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Comedy routine that went awry led to pilot's death at Mountain Home airshow, report says," 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, "Sunday's air show to honor glider pilot who died in crash," 3 June 2018 June 2, 2018 Buchanan suffered a spinal injury in 1981 while landing a hang glider in bad weather. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Hang glider pilot who died at Mountain Home Air Force Base was an air show veteran," 2 June 2018 Seacliff, at the bottom of Aptos’s steep bluffs, has a far busier vibe than Sunset, with a snack shop right on the beach and hang gliders swooping overhead. San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best bike rides around Santa Cruz," 11 Apr. 2018 This is also home to Torrey Pines Gliderport, where hang gliders and paragliders launch from a seaside perch. Keli Dailey, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: On the waterfront in San Diego," 3 Jan. 2018 They’ve even been known to harass the occasional human in a hang glider. Mike Cherney, WSJ, "Bold Eagles: Angry Birds Are Ripping $80,000 Drones Out of the Sky," 29 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of hang glider

1930, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hang glider

: a small aircraft that consists of a metal frame covered with strong cloth and that is flown through the air by a person who hangs beneath it also : a person who flies a hang glider

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