Definitions

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

  • n. A gliding step in ballet.
  • n. A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep icy or snowy incline.
  • intransitive v. To perform a glissade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sliding, as down a snow slope in the Alps (Wikipedia).
  • n. A gliding step beginning and ending in a demi-plié in second position (Wikipedia).
  • n. A move in some dances such as the galop (Wikipedia).
  • n. A fencing move that may disarm the opponent (Wikipedia).
  • v. To perform a glissade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sliding, as down a snow slope.
  • n. A dance step consisting of a glide or slide to one side.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of sliding, as on ice; a slide.
  • n. In dancing, a sliding or gliding step to the right or left.
  • To slide; glide.
  • n. In music, same as glissando.

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

  • n. (ballet) a gliding or sliding step in ballet
  • v. perform a glissade, in ballet

Etymologies

French, from glisser, to slide, from Old French, possibly alteration (influenced by glacer, to slide) of glier, to glide, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French glisser, "to slip". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Probably the most beautiful spectacle ever afforded by the natural world is that of a complete and far-reaching ice-storm, locally known as a glissade, transcending in delicate aerial fantasy the swiftly changing faint green panorama of early spring or the amber hazes of opulent autumn.

    Ringfield A Novel

  • It seemed as if by a kind of glissade the chain of icebergs had drawn nearer to the island.

    The Fur Country

  • We immediately took to the word because "glissade," said with just a hint of indeterminate European accent, sounded more respectable than "sliding on our backsides down the face of a snowy mountainside with our snowshoes splayed out in front of us and our poles dragging ingloriously behind."

    NYT > Travel

  • The notes washed over her a sparkling glissade carrying her up and out, her soul expanding into the immensity of the moment into the all enveloping love that was the great hall and she found herself at peace.

    Glissando

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  • Walton brilliantly captures the glissade from compromise to compromise that leads to dystopia, and the courage of decent people who are betrayed by the laws and people they trust.

    Farthing

  • The notes washed over her a sparkling glissade carrying her up and out, her soul expanding into the immensity of the moment into the all enveloping love that was the great hall and she found herself at peace.

    Glissando

  • So sacred an iconette was she that Graham Greene was sued for libel for a review that spoke of her "dimpled depravity," her "dubious coquetry," noting that "adult emotions of love and grief glissade across the mask of childhood."

    The Bad Seed, Part Deux

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  • A rapid mountaineering descent of sloped snow or ice fields, or portions of glaciers, as if on skis, whereby the mountaineer slides on his/her boot soles and uses an ice-axe as a rudder to aid in balance and steering.

    September 28, 2009