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flying boat

a seaplane whose main body is a hull adapted for floating.
Compare floatplane.
Origin of flying boat
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In an hour from the time of salving the flying-boat the "Meteor" was ready to shed her now superfluous 'midship divisions.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • More, it is the wreck of the flying-boat, and that rascal Durango has eluded us again.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • "Let's hope it won't be long before we do," rejoined the sub, and the three men hastened to search the hull of the flying-boat.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • The flying-boat vanished from the surface of the sea as if she had been a smudge wiped off a slate with a sponge.

  • Both Norman and Sarja sprang to their feet and waved wildly to those in the tower-cage, their flying-boat drifting slowly forward.

  • I have come back to you with great peril in my flying-boat to tell you of the upper world and all its goodness.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • Then there is the flying-boat, developed under naval auspices.

    Our Navy in the War Lawrence Perry
  • Another project, given up owing to recent disturbances, was one for a flying-boat service on the Nile.

    Aviation in Peace and War Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes
  • He had witnesses ready to affirm on oath that they had seen the Mexican's flying-boat being hurled to destruction.

    The Dreadnought of the Air Percy F. Westerman
  • Sarja was driving the flying-boat out over the sea and away from the frog-city at enormous speed.

British Dictionary definitions for flying-boat

flying boat

a seaplane in which the fuselage consists of a hull that provides buoyancy in the water
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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