flying boat


: a seaplane with a hull designed for floating

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Rival flying boat maker Artemis is testing its version in Belfast, while Hasselskog has held talks with authorities in Istanbul and across the Middle East. Wired, 15 July 2022 Here, after World War II, the quixotic — all right, yes, and the downright weird — aviator/producer/industrialist Howard Hughes built the enormous wooden flying boat that just about everyone but Hughes called the Spruce Goose. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 The largest operational flying boat in existence, which most recently fought forest fires from the air, is up for sale. J. George Gorant, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 After attending Yale and Cambridge University in England, Harry was entranced by the adventure of flying, purchased a Curtiss flying boat, and served with distinction during World War I. Rinker Buck, WSJ, 10 Oct. 2021 The 1930s was also the heyday of the flying boat—a bulky vessel whose fuselage acted as the hull, floating it when the plane was in the water. Barbara Peterson, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 Curtiss never looked back, fielding one superb flying boat design after another. Walter J. Boyne And Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2021 The first airline flight in America was a 23-minute jaunt across Tampa Bay in 1914, on which a single passenger joined the pilot in a noisy, windy open-cockpit Benoist flying boat. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, 16 Mar. 2021 At the same time, Imperial Airways' flying boat, the Caledonia, flew the route from east to west in fifteen hours and twenty-eight minutes, averaging 132 miles per hour. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 30 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flying boat was in 1913

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“Flying boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

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flying boat


: a seaplane with a hull designed for floating

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