Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An open space in a forest.
  • n. An everglade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An open passage through a wood; a grassy open or cleared space in a forest.
  • n. An everglade.
  • n. an open space in the ice on a river or lake
  • n. a bright surface of snow/ice ... a glade of ice
  • n. a gleam of light; see moonglade
  • n. a bright patch of sky; the bright space between clouds

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An open passage through a wood; a grassy open or cleared space in a forest.
  • n. An everglade.
  • n. An opening in the ice of rivers or lakes, or a place left unfrozen; also, smooth ice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An open space in a wood or forest, either natural or artificially made; especially, such an opening used as a place for catching game; an opening or passage through a wood.
  • n. An opening in the ice of rivers or lakes, or a place left unfrozen; also, a space of smooth ice or an ice-covered surface: as, the path was a glade of ice.
  • n. An everglade.
  • n. The common buzzard, Buteo vulgaris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tract of land with few or no trees in the middle of a wooded area

Etymologies

Middle English, perhaps from glad, bright and shining; see glad1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, glāde ("A gleam of light, bright space, an open space; an open or cleared space in a forest; a bright patch of sky; a bright surface of snow or ice"), also glode, glede, from Old English glæd ("shining, bright"), (cf Old Norse glaðr ("bright")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the latter days of a ferocious winter, the sun dropped earthwards, having on this day pulled clear of its sluggish trajectory casting a few meek rays on the redoubtable snow and frost of the mountain glade.

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  • On either side of the glade was a fence, of the old stake-and-rider type, though little of it was to be seen, so thickly was it overgrown by wild blackberry bushes, scrubby oaks and young madrono trees.

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  • Justen's eyes clouded for a moment, recalling the glade, the stream, Dayala.

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  • In the center of the glade was a table, set for three.

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  • The villa of white marble was built on a gentle rising knoll, prettily wooded, at the foot of which running through a glade was a tiny streamlet clear as crystal, which with its ripple and the singing of the birds lent music to the air.

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  • The glade was a little world in itself, with visitors and tenants, comedy and tragedy, sounds and silences.

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  • It was a lawn of sweet close turf in the center of the matted brake, of clean firm earth from which no shameful growth sprouted, and near the middle of the glade was a stump of a felled yew-tree, left untrimmed by the woodman.

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  • And in the midst of the glade was a grave that had not been made many months, and a granite stone stood at the head.

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  • The glade was their pleasure-ground; they wandered hither and thither hearkening each other's speech, and waking the song of the birds by their footsteps.

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  • You know that at the end of the Long Pond there is a very large wood which grows upon a slope; at the foot of the slope there is an open space or glade, which is a very convenient spot for an ambush.

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  • from ME glāde (n) ... also glode, glede; from OE *gæld, *gæld bright place (see glæd adj.)

    (a) a gleam of light (moonglade) ... thus:
    (b) A bright space, an open space (everglade); also, an open or cleared space in a forest;
    (c) a bright patch of sky; the bright space between clouds
    (d) a bright surface of snow/ice ... a glade of ice
    (e) an open space in the ice on a river or lake

    November 14, 2011