aquaplane

1. noun
A board ridden by a standing person and pulled by a motorboat for entertainment
2. verb
a) to ride such a board
b) For a car or similar vehicle to slide along the road on a thin film of water between the road and the tyres. This occurs when a car has some speed and comes to somewhere with more water on the road than the weight of the car and the grooves in the tyre tread pattern (if any) can push away. The result is almost no traction at all for steering or braking.

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  • aquaplane — [ akwaplan ] n. m. • 1920; de aqua et planer ♦ Planche tirée par un canot et sur laquelle on se tient debout en s aidant d une corde. Par ext. Sport pratiqué avec cette planche. L aquaplane a précédé le ski nautique. ● aquaplane nom masculin… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • aquaplane — ► NOUN ▪ a board for riding on water, pulled by a speedboat. ► VERB 1) ride on an aquaplane. 2) (of a vehicle) slide uncontrollably on a wet surface. ORIGIN from Latin aqua water + PLANE(Cf. ↑plane) …   English terms dictionary

  • aquaplane — ☆ aquaplane [ak′wə plān΄, äk′wə plān΄ ] n. [ AQUA + PLANE4] a board or small platform towed by a speedboat while a person stands on it, often holding onto ropes for support vi. aquaplaned, aquaplaning to ride on such a board as a sport …   English World dictionary

  • aquaplane — I UK [ˈækwəˌpleɪn] / US noun [countable] Word forms aquaplane : singular aquaplane plural aquaplanes a board that you stand on while a fast boat pulls you across the surface of the water II UK [ˈækwəˌpleɪn] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms… …   English dictionary

  • aquaplane — aq|ua|plane1 [ˈækwəpleın] v [i]BrE 1.) if a car aquaplanes, it slides over a wet road in an uncontrolled way American Equivalent: hydroplane 2.) to be pulled over the water on an aquaplane aquaplane 2 aquaplane2 n BrE a thin board that you stand… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • aquaplane — aq|ua|plane1 [ ækwə,pleın ] noun count a board on which you stand while a fast boat pulls you across the surface of the water aquaplane aq|ua|plane 2 [ ækwə,pleın ] verb intransitive 1. ) to stand on an aquaplane and move across the surface of… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • aquaplane — I. noun Date: 1914 a board towed behind a speeding motorboat and ridden by a person standing on it • aquaplaner noun II. intransitive verb Date: 1914 1. to ride on an aquaplane 2. British hydroplane …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • aquaplane — aquaplaner, n. /ak weuh playn , ah kweuh /, n., v., aquaplaned, aquaplaning. n. 1. a board that skims over water when towed at high speed by a motorboat, used to carry a rider in aquatic sports. v.i. 2. to ride an aquaplane. 3. hydroplane (def.… …   Universalium

  • aquaplane — aq·ua·plane || ækwÉ™pleɪn n. board towed on water v. ride on board towed on water, ride on an aquaplane; (of vehicles) rise up on a thin layer of water between the tires and road (as so there is no contact with the road) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aquaplane — noun a board for riding on water, pulled by a speedboat. verb 1》 ride on an aquaplane. 2》 (of a vehicle) slide uncontrollably on a wet surface …   English new terms dictionary

  • aquaplane — 1 noun (C) a thin board that you stand on while you are pulled over the water by a fast boat 2 verb (I) 1 to be pulled over the water on an aquaplane 2 BrE if a car aquaplanes, it slides over a wet road in an uncontrolled way; hydroplane 2 (1)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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