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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State law allows hovercrafts in Alaska, but the National Park Service does not allow them on federal lands. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "Questions surrounding Supreme Court decision mean no federal officers patrolling lower Kuskokwim fishing," 21 June 2019 The down-tempo track crawls, but like the hovercraft-Chevy in the track’s video, seems to float effortlessly. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: Redd Kross returns, Colleen Green covers Blink-182, S.I.R. teams with Kendrick Lamar," 25 Aug. 2019 Bucking ponies and hovercrafts Suzanne, Carolyn and Katherine talked about learning to ride as wee ones seated in front of their dad on his saddle. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Remembering Ross Perot — and the circus dog, traveling outhouse and other tales he left behind," 10 July 2019 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

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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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