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

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The following day, choose one of two excursions: ride a hovercraft to Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his 27-year prison sentence, and tour the facilities with a former prisoner. National Geographic, "Africa by Private Jet," 12 June 2019 The Mercer marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, extrapolating the occasion to include all sorts of travel — hovercraft, hot-air ballooning — in an interactive science exhibit. Lauren Mccutcheon, https://www.inquirer.com, "Family fun in Philadelphia: Dinosaurs on the Parkway, zipline at the zoo, JoJo Siwa, Apollo 11 festivities, Cirque," 5 June 2019 Congress in 1997 addressed the King Cove transportation issue with a $37.5 million appropriation for water access to Cold Bay that included a $9 million hovercraft. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Judge rejects Trump plan for road in Alaska wildlife refuge," 29 Mar. 2019 In that case, try one of the showcase events, which might ask you to race against a hovercraft or train. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Forza Horizon 4 is the best open-world driving game you can buy," 28 Sep. 2018 It was privatized in 1992 as a company that mainly made its money from intellectual property licenses, spanning the technology used in magnetic resonance imaging to patents involved in hovercraft manufacturing. Denise Roland, WSJ, "Boston Scientific Acquires U.K.’s BTG for $4.2 Billion," 20 Nov. 2018 The Supreme Court in 2016 rejected a lower court's reasoning for barring Sturgeon's hovercraft use and sent the case back for reconsideration. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Supreme Court agrees to reconsider case of Alaska moose hunter and his hovercraft," 18 June 2018 The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to reconsider a case involving the federal government's ability to ban hovercraft in national parks. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Supreme Court agrees to reconsider case of Alaska moose hunter and his hovercraft," 18 June 2018 If confirmed, Kavanaugh will face a case about the right of a moose hunter to use his hovercraft on an Interior Alaska waterway. Erica Martinson, Anchorage Daily News, "Sullivan meets Supreme Court nominee and says he’ll vote to confirm him," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of hovercraft

1959, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hovercraft

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

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