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

Definition of seaplane

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

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Bawah Island, IndonesiaArrive via ferry or seaplane to the Bawah Island resort and then do absolutely nothing. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Fit Southeast Asia's Greatest Hits into a Single Trip," 13 Nov. 2018 Searchers are looking for a seaplane with two people aboard that went out for a 20-minute tour near Sitka on Saturday and never came back, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Searchers looking for seaplane that took off from Sitka Saturday but didn’t return," 10 June 2018 Nearly a decade ago, city officials came up with the idea of transforming its sleepy downtown, which sits along the northern shore of Lake Dora, into a seaplane base. Martin E. Comas,, "Tavares looks to add performing arts center to booming downtown," 15 June 2018 China has started production on the world's largest seaplane. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "China's New Seaplane Is as Big as a 737," 25 July 2016 For those with more modest budgets, the Baglioni resort is set to open next spring on Mallau—a 40-minute ride by seaplane from the capital of Malé (from $1,500 a night, Christian L. Wright, WSJ, "The 10 Most Intriguing Travel Destinations for 2019," 23 Oct. 2018 Davern claimed Wood, Wagner and Walken had been fighting, with the actress asking the boat captain to take her away and going as far as to call a seaplane to escape. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Natalie Wood's screams heard on night she vanished from yacht, witness claims," 30 Aug. 2018 In September, Hurricane Irma tore through Central Florida — destroying all of the Tavares’ seaplane docks. Jason Ruiter,, "Leesburg photographer captures seaplane flip in Tavares," 16 Apr. 2018 Ten minutes later, the Coast Guard dispatched a seaplane to search the waters 28 miles northwest of Cuba. Susannah Bryan,, "Man overboard: Worker falls from one cruise ship, rescued by another the next day," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of seaplane

1913, in the meaning defined above

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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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