Definition of glider in English:



  • 1A light aircraft that is designed to fly without using an engine.

    • ‘The motto came into being after one of the gliders crashed in a night-time training accident.’
    • ‘I continue to wonder why I can't learn to fly flex wing gliders.’
    • ‘The club owns about 40 gliders, split into trainers and intermediate gliders.’
    • ‘She took part in a week which saw both tandem and solo jumps, trips in gliders and sightseeing aircraft.’
    • ‘During the war, the airfield was used by Dakota aircraft and gliders preparing for the D-Day and Arnhem landings.’
    • ‘Another design was a multi-wing glider called the Katydid.’
    • ‘The pilot controls the glider with a stick.’
    • ‘In the first section the tow aircraft pulled the glider to the required altitude.’
    • ‘Using gliders, helicopters, remote-controlled models, micro-light aircraft and balloons the filmmakers were able to get the stunning footage.’
    • ‘While most gliders are towed, then released, by a powered aircraft, some gliders are equipped with engine power to reach their target altitude.’
    • ‘He had some real success with this high performance tandem glider.’
    • ‘He served as a glider pilot in the Army during the Second World War.’
    • ‘Prior to this time, he had been concerned with gliders and fixed-wing aircraft and, in 1918, designed a tri-motor bomber for the Spanish Air Force.’
    • ‘The nose pitched down and the glider rotated over its right leading edge.’
    • ‘Below is a list of demo gliders we will have for pilots to fly.’
    • ‘Given today's gliders, getting a pilot to soar is not a problem.’
    • ‘Single surface gliders are so much fun to fly.’
    • ‘I used my monkey bar technique and had no problem controlling the glider.’
    • ‘After the chute was inflated the glider rotated a few times and righted itself.’
    • ‘But simulating a glider landing in a hostile environment wasn't easy.’
  • 2A person or thing that glides.

    ‘the flying lemur is an efficient glider as well as climber’
    • ‘Acrobates is a glider and has gliding membrane running from wrist to ankle.’
    • ‘Gliding is in some senses a modified form of parachuting, in which lift forces are produced by an airfoil-type membrane, so most gliders could also be considered part-time parachuters.’
    • ‘That principle is also at work in the spread between the feathers on the wing tips of the best low-speed gliders, such as vultures and hawks.’
    • ‘One scholar, for instance, suggested that flapping movements first evolved in a glider to improve maneuvering and/or braking.’
    • ‘And like flying squirrels, these anomalurids are accomplished gliders, leaping from the tops of trees and capable of agile bends and changes of direction.’
    • ‘So even though a change from gliding to flapping might be an easy idea to swallow, neither the several independently evolved gliders nor the fossil record lend it any support.’
    • ‘Like more familiar gliders, such as flying squirrels, flying snakes are not actually able to fly upward.’
    • ‘Some researchers have proposed that the first pterosaurs were bipedal or quadrupedal arboreal gliders, but these hypotheses do not incorporate a robust phylogenetic and functional basis.’
    • ‘Already, however, they were adept gliders and had become familiar with their territory.’
    • ‘The question is, once it was airborne, was it just a glider, a weakly flapping flyer, or a strong flyer?’
    • ‘True flyers can thus move horizontally or even ascend at a steady speed, unlike gliders and parachuters (unless a strong wind carries one up).’
    • ‘If the ancestor was not a glider, then its wings must have developed from another function of the arms.’
    • ‘Move on now to consider gliders and parachuters.’
    • ‘With large, broad wings, anhingids are excellent aerial soarers and gliders.’
    • ‘A pelican is principally a glider, he notes.’
    1. 2.1
      another term for flying phalanger
      • ‘Most pseudocheirids have a strongly prehensile tail (weakly so in the great glider and rock ringtail).’
      • ‘The petaurids include the striped possum, Leadbeater's possum, and wrist-winged gliders.’
      • ‘Slow-moving animals and those living in trees - animals such as koalas, possums, and gliders - were most at risk.’
  • 3US A long swinging seat suspended from a frame in a porch.

    • ‘Her eyes settled on a glider on the other side of the porch.’
    • ‘She flopped back down into the glider, setting it swinging wildly for a moment.’
    • ‘Music leaked softly from the windows behind him, when he'd resumed his seat on the glider.’
    • ‘When Claudette opened the back door she found him on the back porch already, sitting patiently on the glider, as though he hadn't expected to see her for a while.’
    • ‘As a bonus, you also have the opportunity to build two other benches, including a rocking patio glider and a gazebo bench, at a special price.’
    • ‘He sat back down on the porch glider, and continued with his widdle work.’