glissade[gli sād′, -säd′]
- 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 a blend ; from Frankish an unverified form glitan (for Indo-European base see glide) + Old French glacier (see glacis)
- A gliding step in ballet.
- A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep icy or snowy incline.
intransitive verbglis·sad·ed, glis·sad·ing, glis·sades
To perform a glissade.
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.