aquaplane

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English[edit]

A person balancing on a chair while riding an aquaplane

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈækwəˌpleɪn/
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Noun[edit]

aquaplane (plural aquaplanes)

  1. A board ridden by a standing person and pulled by a motorboat for entertainment
    • 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, New York: Scribner, Chapter 3, p. 47,[1]
      At high tide in the afternoon I watched his guests diving from the tower of his raft, or taking the sun on the hot sand of his beach while his two motor-boats slit the waters of the Sound, drawing aquaplanes over cataracts of foam.

Verb[edit]

aquaplane (third-person singular simple present aquaplanes, present participle aquaplaning, simple past and past participle aquaplaned)

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  1. To ride such a board.
    • 1933, E. Phillips Oppenheimer, Crooks in the Sunshine, Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, Chapter 1,[2]
      She waved her arm—a significant and imperative signal—but she realised, almost as she did it, that there was scant chance of any one aquaplaning at thirty or forty kilometres an hour looking to the right or to the left.
  2. (automotive) 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.
    • 2015, Anne Enright, The Green Road, New York and London: Norton, Part 2, p. 203,[3]
      So much water. They were held up by it, the tyres skating over a film of rain. Aquaplaning. Flying his sister’s fancy car through the wet air. Touching nothing.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Noun[edit]

aquaplane f (plural aquaplanes)

  1. aquaplane

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

aquaplane

  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of aquaplanar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of aquaplanar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of aquaplanar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of aquaplanar