sea·​plane | \ ˈsē-ˌplān How to pronounce seaplane (audio) \

Definition of seaplane

: an airplane designed to take off from and land on the water

Examples of seaplane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier in the day, Markle had been spotted by paparazzi boarding a seaplane to Vancouver. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Meghan Markle Makes First Public Appearance Since Announcing Decision to Step Back From Royal Family," 15 Jan. 2020 When completed, the paddlewheeler will be another attraction in the Lake County city where visitors already can soar aboard seaplanes, take a ride on a vintage excursion train and splash around at a small water park. Martin E. Comas,, "The Dora Queen steamboat arrives in downtown Tavares," 13 Dec. 2019 World Central purchases all its food and gets around using whatever means necessary, whether yacht, seaplane, helicopter or truck. San Diego Union-Tribune, "When disaster strikes, Chef Jose Andres is on the ground," 27 Sep. 2019 Since most of your transportation will be done via private boat or seaplane, tips are not necessary. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "The Right Way to Tip All Over the World," 22 May 2019 The service to remember Project Zebra and the five aviators killed when their seaplane crashed into the Pasquotank River will be held Saturday in Elizabeth City, news outlets report. Washington Post, "Greater Mid-Atlantic News Digest 6 p.m.," 10 Jan. 2020 Rosie Farrar sewed wings for early seaplanes, Boeing said. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A test dummy that looks like Rosie the Riveter will be the first to fly on Boeing's Starliner," 17 Dec. 2019 The neon green and indigo blue seaplane took off from the Fraser River in Richmond, British Columbia, early Tuesday morning as a small crowd cheered from the dock. Josh Petri, Anchorage Daily News, "Greener air travel gets closer with short flight by electric floatplane in British Columbia," 13 Dec. 2019 Harbour Air is a small airline with 42 small seaplanes flying routes around British Columbia’s Strait of George. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, "Electric-Powered Commercial Airplane Makes History," 10 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of seaplane

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seaplane was in 1913

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11 Feb 2020

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“Seaplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seaplane

: an airplane that can take off from and land on water


sea·​plane | \ ˈsē-ˌplān How to pronounce seaplane (audio) \

Kids Definition of seaplane

: an airplane that can rise from and land on water

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