[ ak-wuh-pleyn, ah-kwuh- ]

  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),aq·ua·planed, aq·ua·plan·ing.
  1. to ride an aquaplane.

Origin of aquaplane

First recorded in 1910–15; aqua- + (air)plane

Other words from aquaplane

  • aq·ua·plan·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for aquaplane


/ (ˈækwəˌpleɪn) /

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

  1. to ride on an aquaplane

  2. (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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