1. A light engineless aircraft designed to glide after being towed aloft or launched from a catapult.
2. A swinging sofa, bench, or chair suspended from a vertical frame.
3. A device that aids gliding.
4. Any of several arboreal marsupials that glide through the air by extending large folds of skin on the sides of the body between the forelegs and the hind legs, especially a flying phalanger.
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