para·​glid·​er ˈper-ə-ˌglī-dər How to pronounce paraglider (audio)
: a modified parachute used for paragliding
: a person who paraglides

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The test saw a paraglider drop twice from a dozen miles high in the Earth’s stratosphere. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 1 Jan. 2023 Officials are searching a section of the Missouri River for a paraglider who has been missing for over a week. Rebekah Riess, CNN, 5 Nov. 2022 There was one person on board the plane and one person using the paraglider, the statement said. Kay Jones And Tina Burnside, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 The single-engine Cessna 208 crashed Tuesday morning shortly after colliding with a paraglider outside of Fulshear, just west of Houston, a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said. Kay Jones And Tina Burnside, CNN, 22 Dec. 2021 The operation was delayed when someone in a paraglider took off and flew right into their work zone, forcing them to suspend flight operations until the skies were clear. David Williams, CNN, 2 Nov. 2021 For paraglider enthusiasts, that quiet is a big part of the appeal. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2021 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 Cohen thought about a paraglider who, on a similar spring day in 2018, set the local record for distance with a 155-mile flight in the same direction. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paraglider was in 1944

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“Paraglider.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Apr. 2023.

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