Definition of glider in English:

glider

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlʌɪdə
 
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noun

1A light aircraft that is designed to fly without using an engine.
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  • While most gliders are towed, then released, by a powered aircraft, some gliders are equipped with engine power to reach their target altitude.
  • Prior to this time, he had been concerned with gliders and fixed-wing aircraft and, in 1918, designed a tri-motor bomber for the Spanish Air Force.
  • Using gliders, helicopters, remote-controlled models, micro-light aircraft and balloons the filmmakers were able to get the stunning footage.
2A person or thing that glides: the flying lemur is an efficient glider as well as climber
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  • Like more familiar gliders, such as flying squirrels, flying snakes are not actually able to fly upward.
  • And like flying squirrels, these anomalurids are accomplished gliders, leaping from the tops of trees and capable of agile bends and changes of direction.
  • That principle is also at work in the spread between the feathers on the wing tips of the best low-speed gliders, such as vultures and hawks.
2.1 another term for flying phalanger.
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  • The petaurids include the striped possum, Leadbeater's possum, and wrist-winged gliders.
  • Slow-moving animals and those living in trees - animals such as koalas, possums, and gliders - were most at risk.
  • Most pseudocheirids have a strongly prehensile tail (weakly so in the great glider and rock ringtail).
3US A long swinging seat suspended from a frame in a porch.
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  • She flopped back down into the glider, setting it swinging wildly for a moment.
  • Music leaked softly from the windows behind him, when he'd resumed his seat on the glider.
  • He sat back down on the porch glider, and continued with his widdle work.

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