floatplane

noun
float·​plane | \ ˈflōt-ˌplān How to pronounce floatplane (audio) \

Definition of floatplane

: a seaplane supported on the water by one or more floats

Examples of floatplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hunters fly into Saskatoon, and then make the rest of the trip in vehicles, floatplanes, and boats via the outfitter. The Editors, Field & Stream, "20 Dream Hunts You Can Actually Afford," 12 Sep. 2019 In May, two floatplanes operated by Taquan Air — which was awarded a shield in 2008 — crashed near Ketchikan, killing eight people combined. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Aviation safety auditor Medallion Foundation to close in September," 18 Aug. 2019 Ironically, though, the efforts that have made this singular experience possible have also taken a toll on the floatplane pilots who enable people like us to disconnect from the world. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019 The pilot of a floatplane that crashed into an Alaska bay killing an Annapolis man and injuring others told authorities the ocean was swelling during takeoff. baltimoresun.com, "Ocean swells might have affected fatal Alaska floatplane that crashed, killing Annapolis tech executive," 24 July 2019 The others who were on the floatplane appear to have non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. Rachel D'oro, USA TODAY, "Maryland man dead, 4 injured after Alaska floatplane's takeoff was aborted, officials say," 21 July 2019 Away from Lake Placid, Lake George and other more crowded regional hubs, are several smaller hamlets that provide access to a handful of exceptionally remote lakeside campgrounds reachable only by pontooned floatplanes. Zach Montague, New York Times, "An Adirondack Wilderness All Your Own," 22 July 2019 It is not known which of the two was piloting the aircraft — a Cessna A185 amphibian floatplane — because no flight plan had been filed with airport officials. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "No cause determined in fatal Conroe plane crash; couple killed were Canadian," 2 Oct. 2019 The others who were on the floatplane appear to have non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said. Rachel D'oro, USA TODAY, "Maryland man dead, 4 injured after Alaska floatplane's takeoff was aborted, officials say," 21 July 2019

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Floatplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floatplane. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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