• (British) enPR: glī'də(r), IPA: /ˈɡlaɪdə(ɹ)/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɡlaɪdɚ/

glider (plural gliders)

  1. One who glides.
  2. Any heavier-than-air aircraft optimised for unpowered flight; a sailplane.
  3. A pilot of glider aircraft.
  4. Any animal with the ability to glide, such as the gliding possum.
  5. Synonym of glide#English|glide (“cap affixed to base of legs of furniture”)
  6. A kind of garden swing.
    • 1978, Tom Reamy, Blind Voices (2003), [,+swinging+lightly,+her+mind+a+thousand+miles+away.+The+chain+squeaked+a+little,+almost+like+a+cricket.%22&source=bl&ots=1HLry3h1H8&sig=ACfU3U1fP2Y6NoG9eX_7jZNQjkMUb1Rthw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjL7rG3mOjnAhUNT98KHe3UAGkQ6AEwAHoECAgQAQ#v=onepage&q=%22Francine%20sat%20in%20the%20glider%20on%20the%20porch%2C%20swinging%20lightly%2C%20her%20mind%20a%20thousand%20miles%20away.%20The%20chain%20squeaked%20a%20little%2C%20almost%20like%20a%20cricket.%22&f=false page 73]
      Francine sat in the glider on the porch, swinging lightly, her mind a thousand miles away. The chain squeaked a little, almost like a cricket.
    • 2011, Mary Biever, He Uses It For Good!, page 5 ↗
      Then I went into the backyard, which had a flower-covered arbor, a small garden wall, and room behind it for a garden. Swings and gliders adorned the yard.
  7. (mathematics) In the Game of Life cellular automaton, a particular configuration of five cells that recurs periodically at fixed offsets and appears to "walk" across the grid.
    Hypernyms: spaceship
    • 2008, Derek Abbott, ‎Paul C. W. Davies, ‎Arun Kumar Pati, Quantum Aspects Of Life (page 246)
      In Conway's Life interesting effects can be obtained by colliding gliders.
  8. A vehicle, of a usually motorised type, without a powertrain. attention en
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  • Italian: volovelista
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  • French: planeur
  • Russian: планёр

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