hov·er·craft | \ˈhə-vər-ˌkraft, 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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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 Han and Qi'ra at one point hop into a Jeep-like hovercraft for a fun chase through a rundown shipping area, complete with our driver putting some familiar lucky rearview ornaments up before getting started. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Solo film review: Best when it embraces its favorite action-movie urges," 24 May 2018 Trying to kill that animal wasn't the problem; the hovercraft was. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Supreme Court to rehear moose-hunting case with wider implications for Alaska," 19 June 2018 The park service bans hovercraft over concerns about noise and potential damage to wetlands and tundra. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. Supreme Court agrees to reconsider case of Alaska moose hunter and his hovercraft," 18 June 2018 The car’s body dropped 1.53 inches to its hovercraft-like ride height of 2 inches, nearly catching my toe. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 McLaren Senna: A Pet Racecar for Billionaires," 31 May 2018 Students could hop from demonstrations featuring the Elm Middle School Robotics Club or try rides on hovercrafts thanks to the Elmwood Park High School Science Club. Pioneer Press, chicagotribune.com, "'Into the Cloud': Elmwood Park District 401 touts technology push," 30 Apr. 2018 The Cave of the Winds now boasts unique aeronautical adventure courses in which jetpacks, hovercraft, maglev transportation and other small air technologies are tested. New York Times, "What’s It Like to Visit Wakanda? You Had Some (Great) Ideas," 3 Apr. 2018 There will be Marines on board, and some combat vehicles could be in the hold of the ship, as well as hovercraft that launch from the rear of the vessel, Arnold said. Larry Barszewski, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Fort Lauderdale Fleet Week: Sign-ups to tour Navy ships start Wednesday," 2 Apr. 2018

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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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