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hydrofoil

[ hahy-druh-foil ]

noun

  1. Naval Architecture. a surface form creating a thrust against water in a direction perpendicular to the plane approximated by the surface.
  2. Nautical.
    1. a winglike member having this form, designed to lift the hull of a moving vessel.
    2. a vessel equipped with hydrofoils.


hydrofoil

/ ˈhaɪdrəˌfɔɪl /

noun

  1. a fast light vessel the hull of which is raised out of the water on one or more pairs of fixed vanes
  2. any of these vanes


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hydrofoil1

First recorded in 1915–20; hydro- 1 + foil 2
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Example Sentences

Regent’s design includes a hydrofoil, which will lift the vehicle out of the water once it crosses 20 miles per hour, allowing it to take off seamlessly.

With only its hydrofoils cutting through the water, the boat leaves virtually no wake, noise, or emissions—a sea change from the hulking diesel-powered ferries that currently haul commuters through the archipelago that makes up the Swedish capital.

A few weeks ago we showed you the clip of a hydrofoil board being destroyed by a rock-wielding person in San Francisco.

It acted as a hydrofoil, its forward motion pulling it deeper into the water.

Albanian sources claim that a dozen newer torpedo boats have been supplied by the Chinese, six of them hydrofoil types.

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