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aquaplane

[ak-wuh-pleyn, ah-kwuh-] /ˈæk wəˌpleɪn, ˈɑ kwə-/
noun
1.
a board that skims over water when towed at high speed by a motorboat, used to carry a rider in aquatic sports.
verb (used without object), aquaplaned, aquaplaning.
2.
to ride an aquaplane.
3.
hydroplane (def 7).
Origin of aquaplane
1910-1915
First recorded in 1910-15; aqua- + (air)plane
Related forms
aquaplaner, noun
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  • In a nutshell, what had occurred was this: You know how you aquaplane.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for aquaplane

aquaplane

/ˈækwəˌpleɪn/
noun
1.
a single board on which a person stands and is towed by a motorboat at high speed, as in water skiing
verb (intransitive)
2.
to ride on an aquaplane
3.
(of a motor vehicle travelling at high speeds in wet road conditions) to rise up onto a thin film of water between the tyres and road surface so that actual contact with the road is lost
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