AskDefine | Define soaring

Dictionary Definition

soaring adj
1 ascending to a level markedly higher than the usual; "soaring prices"
2 moving to great heights with little apparent effort; "a soaring eagle"
3 of imposing height; especially standing out above others; "an eminent peak"; "lofty mountains"; "the soaring spires of the cathedral"; "towering iceburgs" [syn: eminent, lofty, towering] n : the activity of flying a glider [syn: glide, gliding, sailplaning, sailing]

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  1. present participle of soar

Extensive Definition

Soaring is a mode of flight in which height is gained slowly by using air that is moving upwards. It arises in the flight of both aircraft and birds.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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