Definition of glider in English:



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

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

    ‘the flying lemur is an efficient glider as well as climber’
    • ‘If the ancestor was not a glider, then its wings must have developed from another function of the arms.’
    • ‘True flyers can thus move horizontally or even ascend at a steady speed, unlike gliders and parachuters (unless a strong wind carries one up).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A pelican is principally a glider, he notes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Move on now to consider gliders and parachuters.’
    • ‘One scholar, for instance, suggested that flapping movements first evolved in a glider to improve maneuvering and/or braking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With large, broad wings, anhingids are excellent aerial soarers and gliders.’
    • ‘The question is, once it was airborne, was it just a glider, a weakly flapping flyer, or a strong flyer?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Acrobates is a glider and has gliding membrane running from wrist to ankle.’
    • ‘Already, however, they were adept gliders and had become familiar with their territory.’
    • ‘Like more familiar gliders, such as flying squirrels, flying snakes are not actually able to fly upward.’
    • ‘And like flying squirrels, these anomalurids are accomplished gliders, leaping from the tops of trees and capable of agile bends and changes of direction.’
    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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Music leaked softly from the windows behind him, when he'd resumed his seat on the glider.’
    • ‘He sat back down on the porch glider, and continued with his widdle work.’
    • ‘Her eyes settled on a glider on the other side of the porch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She flopped back down into the glider, setting it swinging wildly for a moment.’