hydroplane

noun
hy·​dro·​plane | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌplān How to pronounce hydroplane (audio) \

Definition of hydroplane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hydroplane

verb
hydroplaned; hydroplaning; hydroplanes

Definition of hydroplane (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: 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

Verb The car started hydroplaning and skidded off the road.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The estate is beside a private lake and has been used by the owners to test hydroplanes during the past 30 years, according to the listing. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "Looking for a home with a private lake and airplane hangar? One is for sale in Kentucky," 11 Feb. 2020 Driving through water can cause you to hydroplane, which is when water builds between tires and the roadway. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Do not drive through standing water. If you have to, here's how.," 10 Jan. 2020 The snow was consistently deep enough to cause the 20-inch Goodyear Ultra Grip 245/45R-20 winter tires to hydroplane—snowboard?—atop the powder, yet the Taycan still felt planted. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "2020 Porsche Taycan 4S Has No Time for Your Winter Driving Worries," 6 Jan. 2020 Schedule: Friday — unlimited hydroplanes will practice from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hydroplane champ raised to be a racer," 12 Sep. 2019 Rain on the roads can increase the chance to hydroplane, when your tires lose contact with the road leading to loss of control of the car. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "How bad will the evening commute be for Northeast Ohio’s first major snowfall?," 11 Nov. 2019 Ed Karelsen, who built championship race boats in all classes and in the unlimited hydroplane class in particular, died Saturday in Edmonds, H1 Unlimited said. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Championship hydroplane builder Ed Karelsen, 86, dies Saturday in Edmonds," 1 Jan. 2019 The two men with the Stringtown Fire Department were standing on the side of the road when the oncoming vehicle appeared to hydroplane, shows video posted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. Fox News, "2 Oklahoma firefighters struck by hydroplaning U-Haul trailer at scene of crash, video shows," 4 Sep. 2019 The Gold Cup, featuing H1 Unlimited-class hydroplanes will not be part of the race weekend, however, for the first time since 2015. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Hydrofest will be quicker-paced but quieter this August," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The preliminary report includes more than 200 homes damaged, four injuries from vehicles hydroplaning in Grenada County and a levee breach in Leake County. Alissa Zhu, USA TODAY, "Historic flooding slams Mississippi as river continues to rise: 'This thing isn't over yet'," 16 Feb. 2020 An unidentified man died and two others were injured Thursday when a car hydroplaned in Knoxville, Tennessee, and hit a truck, police said in a news release. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "11 tornadoes reported across South as deadly storm causes power outages, major flooding," 8 Feb. 2020 Matt Madden of Lilburn rushed to the scene of the accident, which occurred when an SUV hydroplaned, hit a curb and power pole before slamming into a brick wall, according to CNN. Ally Mauch, PEOPLE.com, "Georgia Police Officers Rescue Newborn Baby Found Under Back Seat After Car Crash," 18 Apr. 2020 An unidentified man died and two others were injured Thursday when a car hydroplaned in Knoxville, Tennessee, and hit a truck, police said in a news release. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "11 tornadoes reported across South as deadly storm causes power outages, major flooding," 8 Feb. 2020 Elsewhere in Mississippi, 25 homes had been damaged and four people were hurt in wrecks caused by vehicles hydroplaning on wet roads. Jay Reeves, BostonGlobe.com, "Hill collapses, roads flooded, dam eroded by Southern rains," 11 Feb. 2020 In North Carolina's Gaston County, Terry Roger Fisher was killed after his pickup truck hydroplaned in heavy rain, plunged down a 25-foot embankment and overturned in a creek, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said, according to news outlets. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Winter storm churning through eastern US after battering the south," 7 Feb. 2020 In North Carolina’s Gaston County, a driver was killed after his pickup truck hydroplaned in heavy rain, plunged down a 25-foot embankment and overturned in a creek, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said, according to news outlets. NBC News, "Storms sweep over Southeast with rain, wind, floods; 4 dead," 6 Feb. 2020 An unidentified man died and two others were injured Thursday when a car hydroplaned in Knoxville, Tennessee, and hit a truck, police said in a news release. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "11 tornadoes reported across South as deadly storm causes power outages, major flooding," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hydroplane

Noun

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1962, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hydroplane was in 1904

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“Hydroplane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroplane. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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hydroplane

noun
How to pronounce hydroplane (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hydroplane

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

hydroplane

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hydroplane (Entry 2 of 2)

US, 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

noun
hy·​dro·​plane | \ ˈhī-drə-ˌplān How to pronounce hydroplane (audio) \

Kids Definition of hydroplane

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

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