Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An open space in a forest.
  • noun A tract of marshland.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common buzzard, Buteo vulgaris.
  • noun An open space in a wood or forest, either natural or artificially made; especially, such an opening used as a place for catching game; an opening or passage through a wood.
  • noun An opening in the ice of rivers or lakes, or a place left unfrozen; also, a space of smooth ice or an ice-covered surface: as, the path was a glade of ice.
  • noun An everglade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An open passage through a wood; a grassy open or cleared space in a forest.
  • noun Local, U. S. An everglade.
  • noun Local, U. S. An opening in the ice of rivers or lakes, or a place left unfrozen; also, smooth ice.
  • noun See under Bottom.
  • noun in England, a net used for catching woodcock and other birds in forest glades.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An open passage through a wood; a grassy open or cleared space in a forest.
  • noun colloquial An everglade.
  • noun an open space in the ice on a river or lake
  • noun a bright surface of snow/ice ... a glade of ice
  • noun obsolete a gleam of light; see moonglade
  • noun obsolete a bright patch of sky; the bright space between clouds

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

  • noun a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, perhaps from glad, bright and shining; see glad.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, glāde ("A gleam of light, bright space, an open space; an open or cleared space in a forest; a bright patch of sky; a bright surface of snow or ice"), also glode, glede, from Old English glæd ("shining, bright"), (cf Old Norse glaðr ("bright")).

Examples

  • In the latter days of a ferocious winter, the sun dropped earthwards, having on this day pulled clear of its sluggish trajectory casting a few meek rays on the redoubtable snow and frost of the mountain glade.

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  • On either side of the glade was a fence, of the old stake-and-rider type, though little of it was to be seen, so thickly was it overgrown by wild blackberry bushes, scrubby oaks and young madrono trees.

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  • Justen's eyes clouded for a moment, recalling the glade, the stream, Dayala.

    The Order War

  • In the center of the glade was a table, set for three.

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  • Justen's eyes clouded for a moment, recalling the glade, the stream, Dayala.

    The Order War

  • The villa of white marble was built on a gentle rising knoll, prettily wooded, at the foot of which running through a glade was a tiny streamlet clear as crystal, which with its ripple and the singing of the birds lent music to the air.

    A Heart-Song of To-day

  • The glade was a little world in itself, with visitors and tenants, comedy and tragedy, sounds and silences.

    Edge of the Jungle

  • It was a lawn of sweet close turf in the center of the matted brake, of clean firm earth from which no shameful growth sprouted, and near the middle of the glade was a stump of a felled yew-tree, left untrimmed by the woodman.

    The Hill of Dreams

  • And in the midst of the glade was a grave that had not been made many months, and a granite stone stood at the head.

    Frank Merriwell's Cruise

  • On either side of the glade was a fence, of the old stake-and-rider type, though little of it was to be seen, so thickly was it overgrown by wild blackberry bushes, scrubby oaks and young madrono trees.

    The Turtles of Tasman

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  • from ME glāde (n) ... also glode, glede; from OE *gæld, *gæld bright place (see glæd adj.)

    (a) a gleam of light (moonglade) ... thus:

    (b) A bright space, an open space (everglade); also, an open or cleared space in a forest;

    (c) a bright patch of sky; the bright space between clouds

    (d) a bright surface of snow/ice ... a glade of ice

    (e) an open space in the ice on a river or lake

    November 14, 2011