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 The Waldorf Astoria offers a luxurious alternative to the tiny seaplane that’s required for most far-flung Maldives resorts. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 6 May 2022 Isle Royale is a wooded island in Lake Superior accessible by ferry or seaplane; Dry Tortugas is 70 miles west of Key West and encompasses open water and a handful of islands, including one that's home to an impressive 19th-century fort. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 22 Feb. 2022 Visitors can choose from more than 100 resorts, most of which are reached by speedboat or seaplane. Chris Dwyer, CNN, 9 Feb. 2022 Earhart made the historic journey that year from Newfoundland, Canada, to Burry Port, Wales, in a seaplane piloted by Wilmer Stultz and Louis Gordon. CNN, 3 Mar. 2022 The national park is only accessible by boat or seaplane, and transportation services are available from nearby locations. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 9 Feb. 2022 The real exponent of the aircraft that is shaped like an arrowhead, however, is Convair, builder of the F-102A. Convair used the wing for its Sea Dart seaplane and also for its XFY-1, the turboprop fighter that takes off and lands on its tail. Thomas E. Stimson, Popular Mechanics, 15 July 2021 The neighboring islands are mostly undeveloped, so the seaplane transfer, at about an hour, is a little longer than most, but the payoff comes in the form of never-ending horizons, uninterrupted expanses of sea, and crystal-clear night skies. Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Dec. 2021 Hakan Osanmaz, an environmental-inspection seaplane pilot based in the gulf, had promised to give me a new perspective on the Marmara. Jenna Scatena, The Atlantic, 18 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of seaplane

1913, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2022

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“Seaplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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