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

Examples of floatplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other stateside floatplane firms include Fly the Whale, which services the U.S. Northeast, and has a seasonal presence in South Florida. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 3 Feb. 2024 The resort is rolling out a handful of new experiences as well, including floatplane fishing trips to remote fishing holes, salmon roe and wine pairings, wildlife watching (think humpback and orca whales, seals, eagles, and sea lions), cruises via zodiac, and bear-watching expeditions. Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2021 One person has died and another is in critical condition after a floatplane crashed into a large lake in Washington state, police confirmed. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2023 The company continues in business, flying people from its base at the southern tip of Lake Washington to the San Juan Islands, on its smaller DHC-2 Beaver floatplanes. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Sep. 2023 The floatplane bobs at the dock, its wing tips leaking fuel. WIRED, 26 Aug. 2023 Bellevue Fire Department said in a social media post that a floatplane crashed into Lake Sammamish, a freshwater King County lake located eight miles east of Seattle, at approximately 11 a.m. Friday. Sarah Rumpf-Whitten, Fox News, 15 Sep. 2023 There’s also eco-kayaking, trekking to waterfalls, and bear-watching (via floatplane). Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 27 June 2023 Rural Alaska On a sunny day in June, a group of visitors from Florida stopped by a sculpture of a floatplane outside the Utqiagvik airport. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Aug. 2023

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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 27 May. 2024.

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