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flying boat

a seaplane whose main body is a hull adapted for floating.
Compare floatplane.
Origin of flying boat
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • For such transport the seaplane and the flying boat will have their chance.

  • In May, 1913, he produced a special 4-passenger flying boat for a customer on special order.

  • He had only to ease just a little out of his dive to catch the top of the flying boat in his sights.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • And I'm afraid, sir, the answer is that confounded Kawanishi flying boat that we shot down the other evening.

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
  • They swarmed on the river banks, and etes on his white charger pursued the flying boat.

  • In some instances this float idea is made so pronounced a feature of the machine that it becomes a flying boat.

  • Accordingly the advance was renewed, nor did they take any less precaution because of the departure of the flying boat.

    Eagles of the Sky Ambrose Newcomb
  • In the mean time we will bring you your accustomed food and your nets from the flying boat.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • An ensign was handling the shifting of supplies from the flying boat to a truck.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
  • The idling engines were speeded up and the flying boat moved slowly across the harbor.

British Dictionary definitions for flying boat

flying boat

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