Definitions

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

  • n. A recreational aircraft consisting of a large parafoil equipped with a harness from which a rider hangs while gliding from a height.
  • n. One who engages in paragliding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who paraglides.
  • n. A lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure, wherein the pilot sits in a harness suspended below a hollow fabric wing whose shape is formed by its suspension lines, the pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside.

Etymologies

para(foil) + glider.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Mr. Rogallo's invention, now called the paraglider, was seen as a way to bring space capsules back to earth with more precision than a traditional parachute allows.

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  • Ahead of me in the distance I saw the paraglider again, but now as I watched he slowly settled on the beach and the wing fluttered to the ground.

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  • We sat there talking and laughing for about half an hour until his friend, another paraglider, came over to point out that the rain had stopped and it was flyable again.

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  • Months later I realized that for a paraglider to turn down any chance to fly, after having driven most of the morning to get to a site, was pretty extraordinary.

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  • I ran down the dune and began my walk along the shore, glancing up now and then to watch the figure of the paraglider drift beyond me down the dune line, then turn and glide in the opposite direction.

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  • Just then, like some silent, colorful, prehistoric pterodactyl, a paraglider floated into view and soared twenty feet directly over my head.

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  • Bullit Marquez/Associated Press A paraglider flew close to a balloon during the opening of the four-day festival, which draws tens of thousands of foreign and local tourists, and has this year attracted 28 balloonists from Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the United States.

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  • Romeo Ranoco/Reuters A paraglider flew around a cake-shaped balloon.

    Hot-Air Balloon Festival Kicks Off

  • SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE, Argentina—On a crystal-clear summer morning in this mountainous Patagonian resort, a lone paraglider floated gently above a placid lake shore.

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  • A 160 square meter blue and white kite (sort of like a paraglider) pulls the ship on a 300 meter rope when the wind blows.

    German Fishing Boat Flies Giant Kite to Save Fuel | Inhabitat

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