1. to fly upwards, as a bird.
2. to fly at a great height, without visible movements of the pinions, as a bird.
3. Aeronautics to fly without engine power, especially in a sailplane, using ascending air currents.
4. to rise or ascend to a height, as a mountain.
5. to rise or aspire to a higher or more exalted level.
6. the act of soaring.
7. the height attained in soaring.
[ME sore, from OF essorer fly up, soar, from LL exaurare, from ex- out of + aura air]
-- soarer, noun