• WordNet 3.6
    • v soar go or move upward "The stock market soared after the cease-fire was announced"
    • v soar fly a plane without an engine
    • v soar fly upwards or high in the sky
    • v soar rise rapidly "the dollar soared against the yen"
    • v soar fly by means of a hang glider
    • n soar the act of rising upward into the air
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An eagle soaring away with a fox cub while a mother fox watches An eagle soaring away with a fox cub while a mother fox watches

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Soar Fig.: To rise in thought, spirits, or imagination; to be exalted in mood. "Where the deep transported mind may soar .""Valor soars above
      What the world calls misfortune."
    • a Soar See 3d Sore.
    • a Soar See Sore, reddish brown.
    • n Soar The act of soaring; upward flight. "This apparent soar of the hooded falcon."
    • Soar To fly aloft, as a bird; to mount upward on wings, or as on wings. "When soars Gaul's vulture with his wings unfurled."
    • Soar (Aëronautics) To fly by wind power; to glide indefinitely without loss of altitude.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • soar To mount on wings, or as on wings, through the air; fly aloft, as a bird or other winged creature; specifically, to rise and remain on the wing without visible movements of the pinions. The specific mode of night is specially distinguished from any one in which the wings are flapped to beat the air; hut the term soaring is also loosely applied to any light, easy flight to a great height with little advance in any other direction, whatever be the action of the wings, as of a skylark rising nearly vertically from the ground. In the case of heavy-bodied, short-winged birds which fly up thus, the action is often specified as rocketing or towering (see these verbs). A kind of swift wayward soaring, as of the swallow, is often called skimming. Soaring specifically so called, or sailing on the air, is best shown in the flight of long-winged birds, whether their wings be either narrow and sharp, or ample and blunt, as the albatross, frigate, and some other sea-birds, storks, cranes, and some other large waders, turkey-buzzards and other vultures, eagles, kites, and some other large birds of prey. It is capable of being indefinitely protracted, either on a horizontal plane, or at a considerable inclination upward, at least in some cases; but most birds which soar to a higher level without beating the wings take a spiral course, mounting as much as they can on that part of each lap which is against the wind, and this action is usually specified as gyrating or circling.
    • soar To mount or rise aloft; rise, or seem to rise, lightly in the air.
    • soar To float, as at the surface of a liquid.
    • soar To rise mentally, morally, or socially; aspire beyond the commonplace or ordinary level.
    • n soar The act of soaring, or rising in the air.
    • n soar The height attained in soaring; the range of one who or that which soars.
    • n soar See sore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Soar sōr to mount into the air: to fly aloft: to rise to a height, also mentally or morally
    • n Soar act of soaring: the height reached in soaring
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  • John Dryden
    “Fool that I was, upon my eagle's wings I bore this wren, till I was tired with soaring, and now he mounts above me.”
  • Edmund Burke
    “Ambition can creep as well as soar.”
  • Virgil
    “I too must attempt a way by which I can raise myself above the ground, and soar triumphant through the lips of men.”
  • Marian Anderson
    Marian Anderson
    “As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might.”
  • Helen Keller
    “One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.”
  • Don Marquis
    “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. s'essorer, to soar, essorer, to dry (by exposing to the air), fr. L. ex, out + aura, the air, a breeze; akin to Gr.


In literature:

How the swallow longed to soar away, up and up, to be lost to sight in the blue, blue sky!
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17)" by Various
Clouds of white gulls followed her, dipping and soaring.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
Then I could see her spread her great wings, motionless, a giant bird soaring over the valley.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
So poor little Ben had soared to be laughed at again.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
On the other hand, a mole, pushing blindly along beneath the sod, fears no danger from the hawk soaring high overhead.
"The Log of the Sun" by William Beebe
The very thought sent the whole ranks chuckling and up soared the high spirit barometer.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
And he sees it also soaring up into the air and making itself at home there, too.
"The Heart of Nature" by Francis Younghusband
His savage lunge caught the ball on the underside, and it went soaring through the air to a tremendous height.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
In his company they live as in prison, for it is not an air in which wings can soar.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
This prevented me from soaring.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

Thy sins have soar'd up to the sky,
And thence for speedy vengeance cry —
Such vengeance, as the Lord did rain
Upon the cities of the plain:
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
He dearly loves, and not alone:
For his winged thoughts are soaring high
Where never yet frail heart was known
To breathe its vain Affection's sigh.
"St. Peter's Day" by John Keble
Fleshly trammels no longer bind me,
Joyous, forgetting that such things be;
Time and space have been left behind me,
Brother of stars, I am soaring, free.
"Middle Harbour" by John Le Gay Brereton
Now my song is still;
Is there more you will?
All the tones, to me returning,
Laughing, luring, soar;
Did you wish me more?
Still and warm the night is yearning.
"Love Song" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
But O! before this blissful state, before
The' aspiring soul this wondrous height can soar,
The Judge, descending, thunders from afar,
And all mankind is summon'd to the bar.
"A Poem On The Last Day - Book II" by Edward Young
Lord! when I seek Thy face, I feel
I am but dust—the sprinkled dew
Of morning,—but the tow'ring will
That soars to heaven, is heavenly still—
And man, tho' clay, is spirit too.
"Summer: Wednesday Morning" by John Bowring

In news:

Sales of the books in George R R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series have soared since April, when HBO started running a television series based on them.
Tony Leavitt — Turner farm boy soars with NASA.
Today, the soaring cost of energy, which underlies the cost of utilities and transportation, forces processors to rethink site locations.
You know, flap your wings and then soar into the skies.
Balloons of all shapes and sizes are soaring into the clouds in Mexico at the International Hot-Air Balloon Festival.
He created it last April to get to the bottom of soaring gasoline and oil prices.
The headline on the Second Annual Report on the Status of Women of Color in New York City from NYU's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service released several weeks ago is about soaring rates of unemployment, imprisonment, and HIV.
Hillsboro foursome soars at national technology contest.
Mexico facing a diabetes 'disaster' as obesity levels soar.
When it comes to nightclubs these days and the keenly anticipated arrival of the Le Baron club in New York has sent temperatures soaring on the party scene.
California's policies behind state's soaring gas prices.
Children at the Sequim Library's summer reading program didn't soar through the sky but they did perform on the fly.
When volunteer firefighters arrived early Monday at a gas-well explosion that sent flames soaring 60 feet skyward, they had no idea what challenges they faced.
Every ballad soars, every upbeat tune has "attitude" without actually having an attitude, and it's easy to imagine most any of these tracks becoming mammoth hits on country radio.
PCHS MTB team soars at Alpine race.

In science:

Dami˜ao Soares, a second by H.P. de Oliveira alone , and a third by J.C.
Summary Talk on Cosmology and Gravitation: XXII Brazilian National Meeting on Particles and Fields
Dami˜ao Soares presented in a contribution the results of their studies of the dynamics of spherically symmetric gravitational collapse of a massless scalar field . H. P. de Oliveira, I.
Summary Talk on Cosmology and Gravitation: XXII Brazilian National Meeting on Particles and Fields
Southern hemisphere observations were made with the 4.1m Southern Astrophysics Research (SOAR) telescope on 2009 May 17. A combination of two E2V CCDs were used to make measurments through a V filter.
GALEX and Optical Observations of GW Librae During the Long Decline from Superoutburst
In the past years many LGS based wide field AO system have been proven on sky, among which the ones that have tested the performance of GLAO correction are: GLAS at WHT , the GLAO system of the MMT and the SAM pro ject at SOAR .
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system
Figure 1.15: Picture taken inside the SOAR dome when the SAM UV laser was shined during the AO system commissioning.
Design of the wavefront sensor unit of ARGOS, the LBT laser guide star system