hydroplane
I. noun Date: 1904 1. a powerboat designed for racing that skims the surface of the water 2. seaplane II. intransitive verb Date: 1962 to skim on water; especially of a vehicle to skid on a wet surface (as pavement) because a film of water on the surface causes the tires to lose contact with it

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  • Hydroplane — Hy dro*plane, v. i. 1. Of a boat, to move through water while supported by hydroplanes[3] (see {hydroplane[3]}, above). [Webster 1913 Suppl.] 2. to move through a body of water supported by the hydrodynamic forces on a surface, similar in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hydroplane — Hy dro*plane, n. [Pref. hydro , 1 + plane.] 1. A plane, or any of a number of planes, projecting from the hull of a submarine boat, which by being elevated or depressed cause the boat, when going ahead, to sink or rise, after the manner of an a[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hydroplane — ☆ hydroplane [hī′drə plān΄ ] n. [ HYDRO + PLANE4] 1. a small, light motorboat with hydrofoils or with a flat bottom rising in steps to the stern so that it can skim along the water s surface at high speeds 2. SEAPLANE 3. an attachment for an… …   English World dictionary

  • hydroplane — [idʀoplan] n. m. ÉTYM. 1907; de hydro , et plane. ❖ ♦ Didact. Vx. Hydroglisseur. 0 Des zouaves désœuvrés regardaient les hydroplanes labourer la Seine stérile, revenir, la moissonner. Giraudoux, Simon le pathétique, p. 197. ❖ DÉR …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hydroplane — ► NOUN 1) a light, fast motor boat. 2) a fin like attachment which enables a moving submarine to rise or fall in the water. 3) US a seaplane. ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. another term for AQUAPLANE(Cf. ↑aquaplane) …   English terms dictionary

  • hydroplane — {{11}}hydroplane (n.) motorboat that glides on the surface of water, 1895, coined by U.S. engineer Harvey D. Williams [ Sibley Journal of Engineering, Cornell University, vol. X, p.81]; from HYDRO (Cf. hydro ) + plane (from AIRPLANE (Cf.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Hydroplane — Hydroplaning and hydroplane may refer to: Hydroplaning (tires), a loss of steering or braking control when a layer of water prevents direct contact between road vehicle or aircraft tires and the road or runway surface. At this point, cars can… …   Wikipedia

  • hydroplane — /huy dreuh playn /, n., v., hydroplaned, hydroplaning. n. 1. a seaplane. 2. an attachment to an airplane enabling it to glide on the water. 3. a light, high powered boat, esp. one with hydrofoils or a stepped bottom, designed to plane along the… …   Universalium

  • hydroplane — UK [ˈhaɪdrəʊˌpleɪn] / US [ˈhaɪdrəˌpleɪn] noun [countable] Word forms hydroplane : singular hydroplane plural hydroplanes a fast boat that travels on the surface of the water …   English dictionary

  • hydroplane — hy•dro•plane [[t]ˈhaɪ drəˌpleɪn[/t]] n. v. planed, plan•ing 1) aer. a seaplane 2) aer. an attachment to an airplane enabling it to glide on the water 3) naut. navig. a light, high powered boat, esp. one with hydrofoils or a stepped bottom,… …   From formal English to slang

  • Hydroplane — Hydroglisseur  Ne doit pas être confondu avec Aéroglisseur …   Wikipédia en Français

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