Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In heraldry, represented as moving—that is, as undulating, as if in motion, and fessewise: said of a serpent used as a bearing. Also glissant.

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  • noun The hobby, sport, or act of flying a glider.
  • verb Present participle of glide.

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  • noun the activity of flying a glider

Etymologies

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From glide +‎ -ing.

Examples

  • The flying membranes of bats and of pterodactyls were probably used in gliding before they were of any use in flapping flight, and, as Spurway has pointed out, small membranes along the sides of the body are found in some arboreal mammals which do not even glide, and these folds of skin render such animals more difficult to see by eliminating the shadows they would otherwise cause.

    A Mystery for the Ages

  • The best thing you can do is to fly within gliding distance of a river.

    The Northland of Canada

  • I imagined that soft voice moaning near my husband’s neck, the two intertwined with each other, skin gliding against skin, and the soft aroma of her perfume making him desire her more.

    A PRESENT PAST • by Patrice Horwitz

  • At the very least try tandem hang gliding, which is when an experienced pilot flies the glider with you.

    Thea Joselow: "Why Read an Author Who Hasn't Lived?" An Interview With Joe Quirk

  • At the very least try tandem hang gliding, which is when an experienced pilot flies the glider with you.

    Thea Joselow: "Why Read an Author Who Hasn't Lived?" An Interview With Joe Quirk

  • The extra fold of skin that runs from their front legs to their back legs is called a gliding membrane.

    Urban WIldlife Watch - Flying Squirrels

  • The extra fold of skin that runs from their front legs to their back legs is called a gliding membrane.

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  • Leaving balloons and various forms of gas-bags out of consideration, other experimenters, notably Langley and Lilienthal, antedated him in attempting the navigation of the air on aeroplanes, or flying machines, but none of them were wholly successful, and it remained for Chanute to demonstrate the practicability of what was then called the gliding machine.

    Flying Machines: Construction and Operation

  • Its motion was entirely noiseless, and might be called a gliding, were it not that it appeared that of a runner, but with ghostly feet.

    Phantastes: A Faerie Romance for Men and Women

  • Reassured, on his own account, but inwardly no little alarmed for his wife's health in these unusual circumstances, Boyd began to take off his boots with the idea of gliding safely into bed and pretending to be asleep before the wind had time to change.

    The Dew of Their Youth

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