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  • as inflying
  • as inflight

synonyms for gliding

  • aerial
  • floating
  • soaring
  • drifting
  • express
  • flapping
  • fleet
  • fluttering
  • hovering
  • mobile
  • streaming
  • waving
  • winging
  • zooming
  • aeronautical
  • airborne
  • avian
  • mercurial
  • on the wing
  • speedy
  • volant
  • volar
  • volitant
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What is another word for gliding?

The word gliding is the continuous (-ing) form of glide, and it can also be used as a modifier, as in gliding motion. 

Saying that something is gliding often means that it’s moving smoothly and often quickly over a surface, such as how an ice hockey puck travels over the ice.

Similar words are sliding and coasting. The word skating is sometimes used in reference to how ice skates skate over ice.

Gliding is also commonly used to mean a particular kind of flying. For example, when a bird is gliding, it’s said to be soaring (flying without flapping its wings). When it’s an aircraft (such as a glider) or something else, you could say it’s sailing through the air.

Sometimes, saying that something is gliding in the air—like a ghost, for example—means not that it’s flying or soaring but rather that it’s floating or hovering (often right above a surface).

Gliding is also sometimes used a bit more figuratively, such as to describe how a dancer moves across a stage. In this case, the movement isn’t gliding in the literal sense, but rather a graceful, fluid motion. Such movement could also be described as floating or, more fancily, lilting.

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How to use gliding in a sentence

Practise gliding in the form of inflection, or slide, from one extreme of pitch to another.
EXPRESSIVE VOICE CULTUREJESSIE ELDRIDGE SOUTHWICK
Before Ripperda could unclasp his lips to reply, the stranger had opened the door, and passed through it like a gliding shadow.
THE PASTOR'S FIRE-SIDE VOL. 3 OF 4JANE PORTER
But he kept his eyes upon the gliding river rather than on those dark hills crowded with their ancient dead.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
As soon as Baroudi was perceived by the attendants, there was a soft and gliding movement to serve him.
BELLA DONNAROBERT HICHENS
He saw, at any rate, the figures close together, as if the man came gliding straight into her arms.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
The baby had wakened with a cry, and a watchful attendant came gliding in at the sound.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
When the men saw Antler gliding over the drifts they wondered if it was one of the gods.
THE LATER CAVE-MENKATHARINE ELIZABETH DOPP
Jumps due to shifting of the mirror are characterized by a gentle, gliding motion.
PHOTOGRAPHS OF NEBUL AND CLUSTERSJAMES EDWARD KEELER
She moved past him with a sudden, gliding step, and placed the settee between them.
A BUTTERFLY ON THE WHEELCYRIL ARTHUR EDWARD RANGER GULL
Next, I noticed Merlin gliding away from me; and then I noticed that my lasso was gone!
A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT, COMPLETEMARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENS)
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WORDS RELATED TO GLIDING

  • aerial navigation
  • aeronautics
  • arrival
  • aviation
  • avigation
  • departure
  • gliding
  • hop
  • jump
  • mounting
  • navigation
  • shuttle
  • soaring
  • takeoff
  • transport
  • trip
  • volitation
  • voyage
  • winging
  • aerial
  • aeronautical
  • airborne
  • avian
  • drifting
  • express
  • flapping
  • fleet
  • floating
  • fluttering
  • gliding
  • hovering
  • mercurial
  • mobile
  • on the wing
  • soaring
  • speedy
  • streaming
  • volant
  • volar
  • volitant
  • waving
  • winging
  • zooming
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.