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[ ak-wuh-pleyn, ah-kwuh- ]
/ ˈæk wəˌpleɪn, ˈɑ kwə- /


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), aq·ua·planed, aq·ua·plan·ing.

to ride an aquaplane.

Nearby words

aquamanale, aquamanile, aquamarine, aquanaut, aquaphobia, aquaplane, aquaponics, aquaporin, aquarelle, aquaria, aquarian

Origin of aquaplane

First recorded in 1910–15; aqua- + (air)plane
Related formsaq·ua·plan·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for aquaplane

  • In a nutshell, what had occurred was this: You know how you aquaplane.

    Right Ho, Jeeves|P. G. Wodehouse

British Dictionary definitions for aquaplane


/ (ˈækwəˌpleɪn) /


a single board on which a person stands and is towed by a motorboat at high speed, as in water skiing

verb (intr)

to ride on an aquaplane
(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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