noun Date: 1919 1. a body similar to an airfoil but designed for action in or on water 2. a motorboat that has metal plates or fins attached by struts fore and aft for lifting the hull clear of the water as speed is attained

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  • hydrofoil — [ idrofɔjl ] n. m. • 1955; mot angl. , de foil « feuille, surface plane » ♦ Anglic. Navire rapide dont la coque, munie d ailes portantes, se soulève hors de l eau à grande vitesse. Recomm. offic. HYDROPTÈRE. ● hydroptère ou hydrofoil nom masculin …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hydrofoil — 1959, boat that travels through water on wings, short for hydrofoil boat, originally the name of the wings themselves (1920); formed in English from HYDRO (Cf. hydro ) + FOIL (Cf. foil) (n.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • hydrofoil — s. m. 1. Estrutura na parte inferior de uma embarcação, semelhante a uns patins ou planadores, sustentados por uma espécie de braços, para reduzir o atrito com a água. 2. Embarcação rápida, a motor, cujo casco é provido dessa estrutura. •… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • hydrofoil — ► NOUN 1) a boat fitted with structures (known as foils) which lift the hull clear of the water at speed. 2) each of the foils of such a craft …   English terms dictionary

  • hydrofoil — [hī′drə foil΄] n. [ HYDRO + (AIR)FOIL] 1. any of the winglike structures attached to the hull of some watercraft: at a certain speed the hull is lifted above the water and the craft skims along on the hydrofoils at great speeds 2. a craft with… …   English World dictionary

  • Hydrofoil — A hydrofoil is a boat with wing like foils mounted on struts below the hull. As the craft increases its speed the hydrofoils develop enough lift for the boat to become foilborne i.e. to raise the hull up and out of the water. This results in a… …   Wikipedia

  • Hydrofoil — Hydroptère Pour les articles homonymes, voir Hydroptère (homonymie). Prototype Forlanini 1910 Un hydroptère (d …   Wikipédia en Français

  • hydrofoil — /huy dreuh foyl /, n. 1. Naval Archit. a surface form creating a thrust against water in a direction perpendicular to the plane approximated by the surface. 2. Naut. a. a winglike member having this form, designed to lift the hull of a moving… …   Universalium

  • Hydrofoil — Hy|d|ro|foil [ haɪdrəfɔɪl], das; s, s [engl. hydrofoil, geb. nach aerofoil = Tragfläche, flügel]: engl. Bez. für: Tragflächen , Tragflügelboot. * * * Hydrofoil   [ haɪdrəʊfɔɪl] das, (s)/ s, englische Bezeichnung für Tragflügelboot. * * *… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • hydrofoil — UK [ˈhaɪdrəʊˌfɔɪl] / US [ˈhaɪdrəˌfɔɪl] noun [countable] Word forms hydrofoil : singular hydrofoil plural hydrofoils a) a boat with wing shaped pieces fixed to the bottom that lift the boat onto the surface of the water as it starts to travel… …   English dictionary

  • Hydrofoil — Hy|dro|foil [ haidroufɔil] das; [s], s <aus gleichbed. engl. hydrofoil> engl. Bez. für Tragflächenboot …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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