- 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 amp; Old French glacier, to slip (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
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.