from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An airplane equipped with floats for landing on or taking off from a body of water. Also called hydroplane.

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  • n. Any aircraft capable of taking off from, and alighting on the surface of water

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  • v. glide on the water in a hydroplane
  • n. an airplane that can land on or take off from water


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  • That aside, the deployment of the seaplane was the answer Kessler had hoped for.


  • The seaplane is the chief contribution of Glenn Hammond Curtiss to aviation, and the Navy Curtiss Number Four, which made the first transatlantic flight in history, was designed by him.

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  • The seaplane is a joyful thing to behold up close, nuts and bolts emulating the rivets found in real aircraft panels. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Mrs. Clausen had expressed some anxiety about the weather, because they would be flying to the lake up north in a small plane; it was some kind of seaplane, or what Doris had called a floatplane.

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  • Next day, an hour's seaplane ride from Sydney winged us to lunch at Jane's home overlooking the Pacific in upscale Palm Beach, less stuffy than the Florida namesake and a fascinating taste of Aussie suburban life.

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  • The FAA said the airspace above the Hudson should be divided into clear corridors that would separate aircraft flying over the river from those operating to and from local heliports or seaplane bases.

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  • Many tourists arrive at those islands direct from the airport by speedboat or seaplane.

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  • A fourth seaplane had dropped out of the project, and two went down at sea during the journey with no loss of life, leaving Lt. Elmer Stone to become "first across" with a stop in the Azores, when he settled his NC-4 onto Lisbon harbor.

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  • I didn't argue when I learned that she'd booked a seaplane to fly us back to the mainland.

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  • But I do suggest chartering a helicopter or seaplane to get here.

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