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[hahy-druh-pleyn] /ˈhaɪ drəˌpleɪn/
a seaplane.
an attachment to an airplane enabling it to glide on the water.
a light, high-powered boat, especially one with hydrofoils or a stepped bottom, designed to plane along the surface of the water at very high speeds.
a horizontal rudder for submerging or elevating a submarine.
verb (used without object), hydroplaned, hydroplaning.
to skim over water in the manner of a hydroplane.
to travel in a hydroplane.
Also, aquaplane. (of a vehicular tire or vehicle) to ride on a film of water on a wet surface with a resulting decrease in braking and steering effectiveness.
Origin of hydroplane
1900-05; hydro-1 + plane1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hydroplaning
  • Potholes or ruts can be dangerous during rainfall because of the threat of hydroplaning.
  • The potential for hydroplaning may be minimized to some extent if the pavement has a rough texture.
  • Safety is improved by a temporary increase in skid friction resistance and a reduction in the potential for hydroplaning.
  • Bald tires significantly reduce your traction on wet roadways, and offer little resistance to hydroplaning.
  • If the vehicle is hydroplaning, do not use the brakes to slow down.
  • Spring covers heavy rains, and hydroplaning as well as high winds.
  • If ponding on the traveled way occurs, hydroplaning becomes an important safety concern.
  • hydroplaning occurs when your tires are skimming across the water on a wet roadway and not contacting the actual roadway surface.
  • If the car is hydroplaning, don't brake or turn suddenly.
  • Runways are grooved to improve skid resistance and minimize hydroplaning.
British Dictionary definitions for hydroplaning


a motorboat equipped with hydrofoils or with a shaped bottom that raises its hull out of the water at high speeds
an attachment to an aircraft to enable it to glide along the surface of water
another name (esp US) for a seaplane
a horizontal vane on the hull of a submarine for controlling its vertical motion
(intransitive) (of a boat) to rise out of the water in the manner of a hydroplane
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Word Origin and History for hydroplaning



"motorboat that glides on the surface of water," 1895, coined by U.S. engineer Harvey D. Williams ["Sibley Journal of Engineering," Cornell University, vol. X, p.81]; from hydro- + plane (from airplane).


by 1908, "to skim the surface of water by use of hydroplanes," from hydroplane (n.). Meaning "skid on a thin layer of water" (especially of automobile tires) first recorded 1962, properly aquaplane (itself from 1961 in this sense). Related: Hydroplaned; hydroplaning.

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