/sawr"ing, sohr"-/, n.
the sport of flying a sailplane.
[1895-90; SOAR + -ING1]

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Sport of flying a glider or sailplane.

The craft is towed behind a powered airplane to an altitude of about 2,000 ft (600 m) and then released. The glider pilot makes use of rising currents of warm air, such as those above a sunlit field, to maintain or gain altitude. Instruments used include the altimeter, airspeed indicator, compass, and turn-and-bank indicator. National soaring contests, which include events for altitude, speed, distance, and accuracy in returning to a starting point, are held annually.

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