Pronunciation: (hī'dru-plān"), [key]
—n., v., -planed, -plan•ing.
1. a seaplane.
2. an attachment to an airplane enabling it to glide on the water.
3. a light, high-powered boat, esp. one with hydrofoils or a stepped bottom, designed to plane along the surface of the water at very high speeds.
4. a horizontal rudder for submerging or elevating a submarine.
1. to skim over water in the manner of a hydroplane.
2. to travel in a hydroplane.
3. 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.
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