- an intentional slide by a mountain climber down a steep snow-covered slope
- Ballet a gliding step
Origin of glissadeFrench from glisser, to slide, glide, probably blend of Frankish an unverified form glitan (for Indo-European base see glide) and Old French glacier, to slip (see glacis)
intransitive verb-·sad′ed, -·sad′ing
- A gliding step in ballet.
- A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep snow slope.
intransitive verbglis·sad·ed, glis·sad·ing, glis·sades
Origin of glissadeFrench from glisser to slide from Old French possibly alteration ( influenced by glacer to slide ) of glier to glide of Germanic origin ; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A sliding, as down a snow slope in the Alps .
- (ballet) A gliding step beginning and ending in a demi-plié in second position .
- A move in some dances such as the galop .
- (fencing) A fencing move that may disarm the opponent .
(third-person singular simple present glissades, present participle glissading, simple past and past participle glissaded)
- To perform a glissade.