Definition of hang-glider in English:

hang-glider

noun

  • 1An unpowered flying apparatus for a single person, consisting of a frame with a fabric aerofoil stretched over it. The operator is suspended from a harness below and controls flight by body movement.

    • ‘Imagine a hang-glider suspended over a trike and you're on the right track.’
    • ‘We followed the directions, and assembled the hang-gliders as best we could.’
    • ‘They had not intended to fly the two-seater plane, which experts say resembles a heavy-duty hang-glider with an engine.’
    • ‘Mark W gets his adrenalin fix by jumping off cliffs with his hang-glider, and then realising it's a heck of a long way down.’
    • ‘Parked on the other side of the roof was a small hang-glider.’
    • ‘The court was told that McGovern was in the process of dismantling his hang-glider when security staff confronted him.’
    • ‘And there was the ultralight, a flimsy little tricycle fitted with a hang-glider's wings and a motor hooked up with a propeller.’
    • ‘The man's hang-glider had apparently got out of control.’
    • ‘Tandem hang-gliders soar above schools of dolphin.’
    • ‘Also in '99, there was a plot regarding an explosive-laden hang-glider.’
    • ‘The pair fell off the edge of the Aiguille du Midi, near Chamonix, Switzerland, as they tried to take off in a double-harnessed parapente, a large parachute like a hang-glider.’
    • ‘Someone may have pitched a minor league no-hitter, climbed a dangerous rocky peak or rode a hang-glider thousands of feet to a valley far below.’
    • ‘One interesting sidelight was the parasailing display; you get airborne on a hang-glider towed by a vehicle.’
    • ‘He deftly navigates the world's meanest island in a hang-glider.’
    • ‘But even these hang-gliders have to share their airspace.’
    • ‘After spending countless hours flying hang-gliders, he developed a hunger to create a flying machine that could take off like a plane with wheels or with floats on water in just 25 meters.’
    • ‘In mere seconds, the cape had turned into a hang-glider.’
    • ‘Mostly she asked for ice cream, pulled faces during meetings, or tried to escape using a hang-glider made of post-it notes and paperclips.’
    • ‘‘It is a bike you wear,’ says Bob Vogel, 40, a paraplegic hang-glider pilot who has owned a One-Off for nearly two years.’
    • ‘Leonardo's inventions - a parachute, hang-glider, tank, underwater diving suit and robot - are built and put to the test for the first time, 500 years after he designed them.’
    1. 1.1 A person flying a hang-glider.
      • ‘I am busy now trying to get my Sport Pilot Examiner appointment, which could benefit tug pilots and hang-gliders as well.’
      • ‘Live from Table Mountain will be travelling the world on air, dropping in at the beach in Sydney, joining the crowds on the Esplanade in Singapore, talking to a hang-glider over Rio, and picking up the gossip in a Nairobi coffee house.’
      • ‘Sitting on top of Mam Tor after a dusty, sweaty drive through the dales, watching hang-gliders and paragliders swirl beneath us, feeling fresh wind on the back of our necks’
      • ‘An accomplished hang-glider, Mallin was once entered into the Guinness Book of Records after flying 132 miles in seven-and-a-half hours.’
      • ‘Outside there's an incestuous D' Ove orgy going on in the D' Ovecote, hot air balloons are sailing by, bees and hang-gliders are buzzing around.’
      • ‘Well look out onto the lakes, see jet-boats whizzing around; look up at the mountains, see parapenters jumping off everywhere, hang-gliders jumping off.’
      • ‘With the increased use of the Town Park playing fields and the loss of the Valley Floor west of town for political reasons, the festival no longer had a suitable landing zone for hang-gliders.’
      • ‘Because of its many hills and valleys - the same characteristics that attract hawks and hang-gliders to western Pennsylvania - the state is a major producer of wind power.’
      • ‘Probably this book will begin circulating firstly among hang-gliders only, but should probably expand from there and reach the aviation oriented public as well.’
      • ‘Like a hang-glider I dropped over the edge and down into the blue.’
      • ‘It was like a hang-glider, carried aloft by currents of warm air, coming to believe it could defy gravity forever.’
      • ‘A badly injured hang-glider was airlifted to hospital after crashing on the moorland above Whitworth.’
      • ‘Don't fear those bumps in the night - they're the sound of Marenghi's spine-tingler soaring, then crashing to earth like a hang-glider that has collided with a crow.’

Pronunciation:

hang-glider

/ˈhaŋɡlʌɪdə/