glissade[gli sād′, -säd′]
glissade definition by Webster's New World
- an intentional slide by a mountain climber down a steep snow-covered slope
- Ballet a gliding step
Origin: French ; from glisser, to slide, glide, probably a blend ; from Frankish an unverified form glitan (for Indo-European base see glide) plush Old French glacier (see glacis)
glissade definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A gliding step in ballet.
- A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep icy or snowy incline.
Origin: French, 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.
- glis·sadˈer noun