plan·​ing ˈplā-niŋ How to pronounce planing (audio)
: having or being a hull designed to lift partially from the water's surface at high speeds
planing boats

Examples of planing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As such, the yacht will fly over the waves with less drag and more speed than a traditional planing yacht. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 Dec. 2021 The futuristic chase boat is fitted with hydrofoils that lift it up and out of the water for less resistance than a normal planing boat. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 19 Aug. 2021 Motors favor a planing hull that skims over the surface. Field & Stream, 19 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of planing was in 1919

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“Planing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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