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glissade (noun) – 1. A gliding step in ballet.
2. A controlled slide, in either a standing or sitting position, used in descending a steep snow slope.
Source : The Free Dictionary
Etymology : The English noun glissade shows its obviously French origin. The French noun means “glide, slide, slip, faux pas” and derives from the verb glisser ”to slip, slide.” The French verb comes from Old French glicier, an alteration of glier “to glide,” a verb of Germanic (Frankish) origin, related to Old English glīdan and Old High German glītan “to glide.” Glissade entered English in the 19th century.
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