One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A wide canopy resembling a parachute that is attached to a person's body by a harness in order to allow them to glide through the air after jumping from or being hauled to a height.
- ‘There is a paragliding school here, and there must have been twenty students out in the lawn yesterday practicing kiting their paragliders.’
- ‘The Attack Falcon is a joy to fly, but, of course, you want to stay in the lift, as the glide is not much better than you will find on the highest performance paragliders.’
- ‘It's much more difficult to learn to fly a hang glider than a paraglider.’
- ‘I have some experience flying paragliders although I have not yet completed my license.’
- ‘Similar to parachutes, paragliders do not have frames like hang gliders - only lines and canopy.’
- 1.1 A person flying a paraglider.
- ‘Many of the paragliders have international flying licenses and no one would fly with the club without supervision and adequate training.’
- ‘There will be competing hang gliders and paragliders from Colombia, Venezuela, USA and Ecuador.’
- ‘The paragliders of the ‘Air Devils’ sky diving team would also participate in the show.’
- ‘Serious hang gliders and paragliders can expect to train for up to two years before becoming a pilot.’
- ‘Today, the club consists mainly of paragliders, as the available landing zone continues to shrink.’
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