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1. A gliding step in ballet.
2. A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep snow slope.
intr.v. glis·sad·ed, glis·sad·ing, glis·sades
To perform a glissade.
[French, from glisser, to slide, from Old French, possibly alteration (influenced by glacer, to slide) of glier, to glide, of Germanic origin; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]
1. (Ballet) a gliding step in ballet, in which one foot slides forwards, sideways, or backwards
2. a controlled slide down a snow slope
(intr) to perform a glissade
[C19: from French, from glisser to slip, from Old French glicier, of Frankish origin; compare Old High German glītan to glide]
n., v. -sad•ed, -sad•ing. n.
1. a skillful glide over snow or ice in descending a mountain, as on skis or a toboggan.
2. a gliding or sliding step in ballet.v.i.
3. to perform a glissade.
[1830–40; < French, =gliss(er) to slip, slide + -ade -ade1]
Past participle: glissaded
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|Noun||1.||glissade - (ballet) a gliding or sliding step in ballet|
ballet, concert dance - a theatrical representation of a story that is performed to music by trained dancers
|Verb||1.||glissade - perform a glissade, in ballet|
dance - move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"
n (in dancing) → Glissade f