- a seaplane.
- an attachment to an airplane enabling it to glide on the water.
- a light, high-powered boat, especially one with hydrofoils or a stepped bottom, designed to plane along the surface of the water at very high speeds.
- a horizontal rudder for submerging or elevating a submarine.
- to skim over water in the manner of a hydroplane.
- to travel in a hydroplane.
- Also aquaplane. (of a vehicular tire or vehicle) to ride on a film of water on a wet surface with a resulting decrease in braking and steering effectiveness.
Origin of hydroplane
Examples from the Web for hydroplaning
There was also heavy rain, and the accident occurred on a road that was notorious for hydroplaning.Pendleton Marines’ Car Crash Raises Questions of Alcohol Abuse in Military
June 17, 2012
- a motorboat equipped with hydrofoils or with a shaped bottom that raises its hull out of the water at high speeds
- an attachment to an aircraft to enable it to glide along the surface of water
- another name (esp US) for a seaplane
- a horizontal vane on the hull of a submarine for controlling its vertical motion
- (intr) (of a boat) to rise out of the water in the manner of a hydroplane
Word Origin and History for hydroplaning
by 1908, "to skim the surface of water by use of hydroplanes," from hydroplane (n.). Meaning "skid on a thin layer of water" (especially of automobile tires) first recorded 1962, properly aquaplane (itself from 1961 in this sense). Related: Hydroplaned; hydroplaning.