Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To rise or fly into the air.
  • intransitive verb To maintain altitude without moving the wings or using an engine; glide.
  • intransitive verb To increase or improve suddenly above the normal or usual level: synonym: rise.
  • noun The act of soaring.
  • noun The altitude or scope attained in soaring.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of soaring, or rising in the air.
  • noun The height attained in soaring; the range of one who or that which soars.
  • To mount on wings, or as on wings, through the air; fly aloft, as a bird or other winged creature; specifically, to rise and remain on the wing without visible movements of the pinions.
  • To mount or rise aloft; rise, or seem to rise, lightly in the air.
  • To float, as at the surface of a liquid.
  • To rise mentally, morally, or socially; aspire beyond the commonplace or ordinary level.
  • noun See sore.

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

  • adjective obsolete See 3d sore.
  • noun The act of soaring; upward flight.
  • intransitive verb To fly aloft, as a bird; to mount upward on wings, or as on wings.
  • intransitive verb Fig.: To rise in thought, spirits, or imagination; to be exalted in mood.
  • intransitive verb (Aëronautics) To fly by wind power; to glide indefinitely without loss of altitude.
  • adjective See sore, reddish brown.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) See Sore falcon, under Sore.

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

  • verb To fly aloft with little effort, as a bird.
  • verb To mount upward on wings, or as on wings.
  • verb To fly by means of a glider or other unpowered aircraft.
  • verb To rise, especially rapidly or unusually high.
  • verb figuratively To rise in thought, spirits, or imagination; to be exalted in mood.
  • noun The act of soaring.
  • noun An upward flight.

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

  • verb fly by means of a hang glider
  • verb go or move upward
  • verb rise rapidly
  • verb fly upwards or high in the sky
  • noun the act of rising upward into the air
  • verb fly a plane without an engine

Etymologies

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

[Middle English soren, from Old French essorer, from Vulgar Latin *exaurāre : Latin ex-, ex- + Latin aura, air (from Greek aurā, breeze; see aura).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French s'essorer ("to soar"), essorer ("to dry (by exposing to the air)"), from Latin ex ("out") + aura ("the air, a breeze"), from Ancient Greek αὔρα (aura, "breath"). Compare aura, and exhale.

Examples

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  • Here soar

    Not with wings,

    But with your moving hands and feet

    And sweating brows -

    Standing by your Beloved's side

    Reaching out to comfort this world

    With your cup of solace

    Drawn from your vast reservoir of Truth.

    Here soar

    Not with your eyes and senses

    That turn their backs

    On the earth's sweet stumbling dance

    Which needs you.

    - 'The Subject Tonight is Love': versions of Hafiz by Daniel Ladinsky.

    December 16, 2007