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 Guests will start their journey in Maine, traveling through small coastal towns, national parks, and diverse landscapes, even visiting the Dry Tortugas National Park by seaplane, before concluding their journey in Florida. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2021 Unlike New York, Boston does not currently have a seaplane dock, so travelers here will board a water taxi at Fan Pier in the Seaport to get to a floating dock tied to a mooring near East Boston, before boarding the plane., 29 July 2021 Guests still arrive via seaplane, but also helicopter and parachute. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 Visitors generally arrive at Velana International Airport and from there take a seaplane or boat to their resort destination. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 30 Apr. 2021 The island remains reachable only by seaplane, with Elena Roarke (Roselyn Sánchez) stepping into the white suit of her predecessor. Nina Metz,, 10 Aug. 2021 The seaplane was airborne by 11:05 a.m., according to Manice, who was aboard that flight as well., 3 Aug. 2021 Tikchik is found in some of the most rugged territory in the state, only accessible by seaplane from the tiny city of Dillingham in southwestern Alaska. Travel + Leisure, 30 July 2021 A day and a half later, the fog lifted and sheets of rain relented enough so that a small seaplane could make the run to a tiny cabin that sits on a sandy bluff overlooking the deep blue Aniakchak Bay., 24 July 2021

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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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“Seaplane.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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