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 Now, the resort is open to receiving local and international guests via private boat or seaplane. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Gorgeous Private Island Resort in the Bahamas Is Offering Major Deals for Long-term Stays," 29 June 2020 The Moses Lake flight follows a similar first flight in Vancouver, British Columbia, last December of a modified de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver seaplane powered by the same MagniX 750-horsepower motor. Dominic Gates, Anchorage Daily News, "Cessna commuter plane makes all-electric first flight near Seattle without passengers," 29 May 2020 Lifestyle photographer Gray Malin has released a handful of his pieces to the public, such as a seaplane view of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Washington Post, "Even if you can’t travel, your Zoom meetings can," 15 Apr. 2020 Accessible by boat or seaplane, each of the spacious thatched-roof bungalows offer ocean views and plush interiors as well as a vibrant blend of French and Pan-Latin cuisine at one of the onsite restaurants. Michelle Gross, Travel + Leisure, "56 Wonderful Places to Honeymoon Right Now," 24 June 2016 Airplanes were in high demand as the latest thing in weaponry, so the Admiralty consented and he was given a contract to build 12 Short 827 seaplanes for the RNAS in mid-1915. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "The Fairey Rotodyne, the vertical takeoff and landing airliner time forgot," 16 Feb. 2020 These vehicles had long, seaplane-like hulls; short, stubby wings to generate some (but not too much) lift; and one or more propellers or turbines engine for forward thrust. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Rebuilt Russia's Secret Abandoned Sea Monster," 27 Feb. 2020 And in Alaska, a bush pilot hops in his seaplane to hunt down samples of the colossus, known to some as an enormous 4,000-pound floating head. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "How a bizarre, monster fish hoodwinked researchers and reeled in a wave of citizen scientists," 22 Feb. 2020 The company continued to design and produce seaplanes, fighters, and bombers through WWII and the 1950s, including the Firefly, Swordfish, and Gannett. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "The Fairey Rotodyne, the vertical takeoff and landing airliner time forgot," 16 Feb. 2020

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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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6 Jul 2020

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“Seaplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 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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