floatplane

noun

float·​plane ˈflōt-ˌplān How to pronounce floatplane (audio)
: a seaplane supported on the water by one or more floats

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Of the 23 fatal civil floatplane accidents listed, 19 were in North America and caused 70 deaths. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Sep. 2022 Ten people were on board when the de Havilland DHC-3 Otter floatplane went down off Whidbey Island, about 40 miles north of Seattle, the Coast Guard said in a statement. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 6 Sep. 2022 The only floatplane at the dock appeared to be a small private Cessna. Martha Bellisle And Manuel Valdes, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Sep. 2022 The glider takes off and lands on water the same way a floatplane does, but flies just above the water’s surface instead of 13,000 feet above it. Dana Givens, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2022 The floatplane crashed in Puget Sound on Sunday, and on Monday the USCG suspended its active search for the missing individuals. al, 9 Sep. 2022 The wreckage of a floatplane that crashed into the waters of Washington state's Puget Sound last week has been found on the sea floor, The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday. CBS News, 12 Sep. 2022 The floatplane crashed in Puget Sound on Sunday, and on Monday the USCG suspended its active search for the missing individuals. al, 9 Sep. 2022 Officials have not yet located wreckage from the floatplane that crashed Sunday into Mutiny Bay off Whidbey Island, killing all 10 people aboard, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 7 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of floatplane was in 1922

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“Floatplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/floatplane. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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