sea·​plane | \ˈsē-ˌplān \

Definition of seaplane 

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

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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 Your seaplane glides above the Palm Jumeirah and The World, providing a bird's-eye view of Dubai's artificial islands. Jim Berleley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Dubai," 5 Oct. 2016 Mississippi’s fledgling seaplanes saw action during the American occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, launching reconnaissance missions. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 Twenty minutes away via seaplane is Pretty Beach House, an incredibly chic four-room hotel on a bay surrounded by gum trees near Bouddi National Park, on the Bouddi Peninsula. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 The plane left a Sitka seaplane base Saturday night for what was supposed to be a 20-minute tour of Katlian Bay and Olga Strait north of the city, the Coast Guard said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "One person found dead, one still missing in plane crash near Sitka," 11 June 2018 Take Mom on a day of reef fishing, a seaplane trip to Dry Tortugas National Park, one of the most remote and least visited U.S. parks, and a Jet Ski tour of the Atlantic shore. Mary Forgione,, "Mother's Day gifts that are all about travel and adventure," 11 May 2018 In 2015, experts from NOAA and the University of Hawaii released remarkable images of a U.S. Navy seaplane sunk during the opening minutes of the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. James Rogers, Fox News, "Wreck of WWII ship discovered 74 years after it disappeared during a rescue mission," 25 May 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 \

Kids Definition of seaplane

: an airplane that can rise from and land on water

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