hov·​er·​craft | \ ˈhə-vər-ˌkraft How to pronounce hovercraft (audio) , ˈhä- \

Definition of hovercraft

: a vehicle that is supported above the surface of land or water by a cushion of air produced by downwardly directed fans

Examples of hovercraft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During its long history, the Postal Service has delivered the mail by pony express, mule train, float planes, ferry boats, motorcycles, skis, hovercrafts, and pneumatic tubes. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "We Can’t Afford to Lose the Postal Service," 2 May 2020 As the guests disembarked, many ignored the light rain to pose for pictures with Sturgeon’s hovercraft, which was in the parking lot. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "This Alaskan beat the odds at the Supreme Court - it cost $1.5 million," 3 Nov. 2019 While hovercraft for rapid amphibious landings will continue to be controlled by the PLAN proper, the massive Zubr and Yuyi landing craft air cushion (LCACs) will be a key part of PLANMC landing capabilities. Popular Science, "China’s Marine Corps is getting bigger and stronger," 29 Mar. 2017 If completed, advance to a hovercraft and other projects recommended by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Got kids at home needing something to do? NASA's got some ideas," 27 Mar. 2020 There wasn’t a player piano in sight during the premiere episode, only sleek high rises and hovercraft. Los Angeles Times, "Why the ‘Westworld’ premiere’s post-credit surprise could be the show’s silver bullet," 15 Mar. 2020 The picture, taken from a commercial airliner, shows off no less than nine destroyers and cruisers, plus an aircraft carrier under construction, hovercraft for amphibious ships, and even a missile-tracking ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This One Tweet Shows the Fast-Paced Rise of China's Navy," 18 Dec. 2019 For this tour, each show kicks off with the spinning of a wheel marked with about a dozen science experiments, from building a hovercraft to creating an optical illusion. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "14 fun things to do the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 in Dallas-Fort Worth," 31 Jan. 2020 She was rushed to shore on a hovercraft to the Parsons Road boat launch, where she was treated, Chief Edward N. Richards said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Enfield firefighters do river rescue, put out fire, in one hour," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hovercraft

1959, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hovercraft was in 1959

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14 May 2020

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“Hovercraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hovercraft. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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: a vehicle that moves just above the surface of land or water on a cushion of air

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