Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light engineless aircraft designed to glide after being towed aloft or launched from a catapult.
  • n. A swinging couch suspended from a vertical frame.
  • n. A device that aids gliding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any heavier-than-air aircraft optimised for unpowered flight; a sailplane.
  • n. A pilot of glider aircraft.
  • n. Anything that glides, especially an animal or aircraft.
  • n. In the Game of Life cellular automaton, a particular configuration of five cells that recurs periodically at fixed offsets and appears to "walk" across the grid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, glides.
  • n. a heavier-than-air flying machine similar to an airplane, but without an engine. It is typically towed to a high altitide by a powered aircraft and then glides to earth with no other source of power.
  • n. a type of seat used on porches or in gardens, which is mounted on a frame so that it may glide forward and backward.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A Middle English variant of glitter.
  • n. One who or that which glides.
  • n. In aëronaut, a gliding-machine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. aircraft supported only by the dynamic action of air against its surfaces

Etymologies

to glide + -er (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Therefore, the bird glider is obviously a miniature model of the airplanes the Egyptians were flying during the Old Kingdom.

    Their logic is infallible!

  • The glider is an appropriate emblem on many levels.

    inkblurt · The Glider as Hacker Emblem

  • The glider is the simplest Life pattern that moves, and the most instantly recognizable of all Life patterns.

    inkblurt · The Glider as Hacker Emblem

  • We must now clear the landing zone of a US glider from the Germans.

    Softpedia News - Global

  • The wind gently buffets you and you can feel the currents you ride, as if the glider is a part of you, as if the wings were part of you.

    Jackson Hole

  • So I got up and I jumped onto my cardio glider, which is a full-body, full-exercise machine.

    Jill Bolte Taylor's stroke of insight

  • He wanted to break a glider record and he wanted to do that in Argentina -- Wolf.

    CNN Transcript Sep 4, 2007

  • There's also another piece of equipment called a glider out there.

    CNN Transcript Jul 20, 2002

  • Rodi called the glider's occupants "very lucky" during a news conference Sunday and praised the glider's pilot.

    WIBW - HomePage - Headlines

  • But I did use a virtual headset to fly a gliders, and the person doing it wanted to know if I was a helicopter pilot, becuase apparently most people don't use thier glider to point straight down to the ground to gain speed before flying inverted and sideways between buildings before looping up and out - I knew the theory, I just wanted to see if it worked in practice, and since no on will let me try with a REAL glider, that is as far as I could get.

    Elizabeth's present and future, plus a Teddy Bear Picnic!

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