Meaning of “glider” in the English Dictionary


"glider" in English

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glidernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɡlaɪ.dər/ us /ˈɡlaɪ.dɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Before the invention of gasoline motors, the only planes were gliders. 
  • In the 1960s, some people began flying a new kind of small glider off the tops of hills. 
  • Modern gliders have much more control and are towed into the air by another plane or by a ground vehicle or machine. 
  • One was similar to a modern glider, another worked like a helicopter, and the third was a type of parachute. 
  • They added an engine to their glider to create the Wright Flyer I. On December 17, 1903, they made the first successful powered flight and changed history forever. 
  • When the glider is moving quickly enough, it is freed and the pilot glides on warm air to rise high in the sky. 

(Definition of “glider” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"glider" in American English

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glidernoun [ C ]

us /ˈɡlɑɪ·dər/

an aircraft without an engine that flies by using its long, fixed wings to ride on air currents

(Definition of “glider” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)