glider vs sailplane what difference

what is difference between glider and sailplane



From Middle English glider, glydare, equivalent to glide +‎ -er.


  • (UK) enPR: glī’də(r), IPA(key): /ˈɡlaɪdə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡlaɪdɚ/
  • Rhymes: -aɪdə(ɹ)


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 (cap affixed to base of legs of furniture)
  6. A kind of garden swing.
    • 1978, Tom Reamy, Blind Voices (2003), 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.
    Hypernym: 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.
  9. (entomology) Any of various species of dragonfly that glide on out-held wings while flying, such as the common glider, Tramea loewii, of Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Pacific.


  • hang glider, motor glider, paraglider, sailplane

Derived terms

  • glider gun
  • sugar glider


Further reading

  • glider on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


  • Dilger, Gilder, gilder, girdle, girled, gridle, regild, ridgel




  1. present tense of glida.


  • redlig



sail +‎ plane


sailplane (plural sailplanes)

  1. (aircraft) A glider that is optimised for soaring and is equipped with fixed wings and fuselage.


See also

  • hang glider
  • motor glider
  • paraglider


sailplane (third-person singular simple present sailplanes, present participle sailplaning, simple past and past participle sailplaned)

  1. To fly in a sailplane.

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