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flying boat

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  1. a seaplane whose main body is a hull adapted for floating.
Compare floatplane.

Origin of flying boat

First recorded in 1900–05
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Examples from the Web for flying boat

Historical Examples

  • More, it is the wreck of the flying-boat, and that rascal Durango has eluded us again.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

  • We will then forge ahead and investigate Durango's flying-boat.

    The Dreadnought of the Air

    Percy F. Westerman

  • Then there is the flying-boat, developed under naval auspices.

    Our Navy in the War

    Lawrence Perry

  • The flying-boat vanished from the surface of the sea as if she had been a smudge wiped off a slate with a sponge.

  • I have come back to you with great peril in my flying-boat to tell you of the upper world and all its goodness.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

British Dictionary definitions for flying boat

flying boat

  1. a seaplane in which the fuselage consists of a hull that provides buoyancy in the water
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