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Definition of "glissade" [glis•sade]

  • A gliding step in ballet. (noun)
  • A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep icy or snowy incline. (noun)
  • To perform a glissade. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "glissade" in a sentence
  • "Probably the most beautiful spectacle ever afforded by the natural world is that of a complete and far-reaching ice-storm, locally known as a glissade, transcending in delicate aerial fantasy the swiftly changing faint green panorama of early spring or the amber hazes of opulent autumn."
  • "It seemed as if by a kind of glissade the chain of icebergs had drawn nearer to the island."
  • "We immediately took to the word because "glissade," said with just a hint of indeterminate European accent, sounded more respectable than "sliding on our backsides down the face of a snowy mountainside with our snowshoes splayed out in front of us and our poles dragging ingloriously behind.""