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hydroplane

noun hy·dro·plane \ ˈhī-drə-ˌplān \
|Updated on: 5 Jul 2018

Definition of hydroplane

1 : a powerboat designed for racing that skims the surface of the water
2 : seaplane

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First Known Use of hydroplane

1904

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hydroplane

verb

Definition of hydroplane

hydroplaned; hydroplaning; hydroplanes
: to skim on water; especially, of a vehicle : to skid on a wet surface (such as pavement) because a film of water on the surface causes the tires to lose contact with it

Examples of hydroplane in a Sentence

  1. The car started hydroplaning and skidded off the road.

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First Known Use of hydroplane

1962

in the meaning defined above

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HYDROPLANE Defined for English Language Learners

hydroplane

Definition of hydroplane for English Language Learners

  • : a boat that is designed to move over the surface of water at very high speeds


hydroplane

Definition of hydroplane for English Language Learners

  • of a vehicle : to slide on a wet road because a thin layer of water on the road causes the tires to lose contact with it


HYDROPLANE Defined for Kids

hydroplane

noun hy·dro·plane \ ˈhī-drə-ˌplān \

Definition of hydroplane for Students

: a speedboat whose hull is completely or partly raised as it glides over water


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