seaplane

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sea·plane

noun \-ˌplān\

: an airplane that can take off from and land on water

Full Definition of SEAPLANE

:  an airplane designed to take off from and land on the water

First Known Use of SEAPLANE

1913

seaplane

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Aircraft that can land, float, and take off on water. The first practical seaplanes were built and flown in 1911–12 by Glenn H. Curtiss, who developed both the float seaplane, essentially a land plane with pontoons instead of landing wheels, and the flying boat, a boatlike plane that combined a main float and fuselage in a single body. A retractable landing wheel was later added to create an amphibian aircraft. By the late 1920s seaplanes held the speed and range records for aircraft. During the 1940s their utility diminished with the building of long-range land-based airplanes, new airports, and aircraft carriers.

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