• WordNet 3.6
    • v hydroplane glide on the water in a hydroplane
    • n hydroplane a speedboat that is equipped with winglike structures that lift it so that it skims the water at high speeds "the museum houses a replica of the jet hydroplane that broke the record"
    • n hydroplane an airplane that can land on or take off from water "the designer of marine aircraft demonstrated his newest hydroplane"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1978, the World Water Speed record was made by Ken Warby from Australia. His average speed was 317.6 mph, and his jet-powered hydroplane was 27 feet long called "Spirit of Australia." Warby built the boat himself in his back yard
    • Hydroplane 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 aĆ«roplane.
    • Hydroplane a powered surface boat fitted with planes (hydroplanes{2}) projecting below the hull, designed to lift the boat, when moving rapidly, so that the hull itself is lifted out of the water and the boat is supported by the hydrodynamic forces of the water on the hydroplanes{2}, thus permitting higher speeds; formerly called a gliding boat.
    • Hydroplane A projecting plane or fin on a hydroplane{3} to lift the moving boat on top of the water; also, a gliding boat.
    • Hydroplane Of a boat, to move through water while supported by hydroplanes{3} (see hydroplane{3, above).
    • Hydroplane to move through a body of water supported by the hydrodynamic forces on a surface, similar in principle to a hydroplane{3; -- said, e. .g, of automobiles skidding on a shallow patch of water on a road when moving at high speed, thus causing the tires to lose contact with the road surface.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hydroplane A name given by its inventor to the horizontal side-submerging rudder of the Lake type of submarine boat. There are two of these horizontal rudders on each side of the boat manipulated in unison; when they are inclined forward and downward they cause the boat to be submerged bodily instead of having a diving motion.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. hydro-, 1 + plane,


In literature:

One of the most recent developments in aviation is the hydroplane, or water-plane as it is most commonly called.
"The Mastery of the Air" by William J. Claxton
You have proved that your hydroplanes are all right.
"Dick Hamilton's Airship" by Howard R. Garis
He reached the dock of Manby, where was waiting the expert engineer of the hydroplane.
"The Voice on the Wire" by Eustace Hale Ball
At 3 p.m. the second coxswain, who was working the hydroplanes, fell off his stool in a dead faint.
"Diary of a U-Boat Commander" by Anonymous
After supper Andy and Felix prepared to go out to where the hydroplane lay.
"The Aeroplane Boys Flight" by John Luther Langworthy
The hesitation of Jack Curtiss and his chum was over in a minute, as the hydroplane gave a plunge that seemed as if it would be her last.
"The Boy Scouts of the Eagle Patrol" by Howard Payson
All the time we lay there I saw a hydroplane floating between us and the British coast.
"Danger! and Other Stories" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Perhaps with the advent of hydroplanes, Labrador will come to its own among the countries of the world.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
I was interviewed by two flying officers two days later, but they went off to Brindisi in my hydroplane without me.
"The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 1" by Henry Baerlein
A hydroplane raced past us, flinging showers of spray and foam high on each side of her.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham

In news:

Hydroplaning is a function of tire footprint, all other things being equal, a tire with a wider footprint will tend to hydroplane more.
If the low-profile tire is wider, it will indeed hydroplane more easily.
Hydroplane racing a Bruns family affair.
Villwock, Qatar lead qualifying for San Diego hydroplane race.
They're the U-57 Formulaboats.com/Tire Factory boys, and for the first time in decades an unlimited hydroplane 's home port is in eastern Washington.
New faces are appearing this year in the top ranks of both hydroplane racing and offshore powerboating .
Walled Lake Thunder hydroplane races roaring into town June 9-10.
Police say a Rhode Island man killed when his car struck a utility pole on Cape Cod may have hydroplaned and lost control.
While in Columbia Park Friday, covering testing by some unlimited hydroplanes, a local news crew had their car become part of the event.
Natchitoches Parish Deputy Ricky Issac Jr was killed after his cruiser hydroplaned and crashed.
ON JULY 1, 2003, high school quarterback Joshua Brown's truck that he was driving hydroplaned and hit a tree.
As I hydroplaned down Texoma Parkway for the 87th time this summer and contemplated a trade-in of my car for a swampboat-type vehicle, I thought it necessary to vocalize, or at least type, my frustration with the weather.
Kip Brown's rough hydroplane season continues in San Diego.
Natchitoches Parish deputy's car hydroplaned and went off the road.
Driving too fast through low water will cause the vehicle to hydroplane and lose contact with the road surface.