hovercraft

noun
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 The hovercraft handled about two dozen evacuations for several years before being abandoned in 2010 as too costly and incapable of operating in high seas or winds. New York Times, 25 May 2022 At one point King Cove received millions of federal dollars to buy a fast hovercraft, and a road was built to a landing site near the refuge. New York Times, 25 May 2022 The futurist and the test pilot Is the world ready for wingless hovercraft levitating over cities and hotrodding through congested air corridors? New York Times, 16 Apr. 2022 Commissioned in 2009, Cavour is also equipped with a well deck capable of launching and recovering landing craft, hovercraft, and amphibious vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 10 Jan. 2022 Switalski piloted the hovercraft while Howard approached the swan with a blanket on the ice. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 In January of this year, a similar case was reported in Massachusetts in which a dog had to be rescued from a frozen pond with the aid of a hovercraft. Dan Heching, PEOPLE.com, 9 Dec. 2021 Snowmachines and hovercraft remain prohibited on state roads, but on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer signed regulations that remove restrictions on many other vehicles starting Jan. 1. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Oct. 2021 Farmers and residents scrambled to save cattle as the water quickly rose above the animals' heads, even deploying a hovercraft. Jess Winter, CNN, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of hovercraft

1959, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jun 2022

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“Hovercraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hovercraft. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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