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 As the two videos show, hovercraft, jeeps, tanks, armored personnel carriers, jets, helicopters, robot fighting dogs, even ATVs and jitneys can be used to move and fight. David Bloom, Forbes, 17 June 2021 According to The Moscow Times, the Gazpromneft-Yamal workers placed Aika on a hovercraft to return her to her home village of Mys Kamennyy. Julia Musto, Fox News, 9 June 2021 Ponant is also bringing several activities new to its Antarctica experience, including hot air balloon rides, hovercraft touring, and polar diving. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Apr. 2021 Edelman’s miraculous hovercraft-style, similarly contortionist grab completed with no more than the width of a blade of grass between him and the Houston turf propelled the Patriots past the Falcons on Feb. 5, 2017. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Apr. 2021 The 844-foot-long warship could embark 1,600 Marines and land them ashore via Osprey tiltrotor aircraft, CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopters, and LCAC hovercraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 26 Feb. 2021 Sturgeon was hunting moose by hovercraft – a vessel the Park Service doesn’t allow, but state law does – in a national preserve when the Park Service stopped him. Author: Liz Ruskin, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Mar. 2021 The vocals are pitched up to robot level, and the track is a dually spare and brightly glitchy amalgamation that's altogether sleek as the chrome on your hovercraft. Katie Bain, Billboard, 26 Mar. 2021 Based on the Bell Aerosystems SK-5 hovercraft, the PACV served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970. Wallace Cloud, Popular Mechanics, 25 Feb. 2021

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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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22 Jun 2021

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“Hovercraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hovercraft. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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