One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(chiefly in science fiction) a means of transport resembling a skateboard that travels above the surface of the ground, ridden in a standing position.‘an entire generation of kids grew up wishing they could one day ride a hoverboard’
- ‘Imagine how much easier it would have been for Riddick to totally outrun the sun if he would have had a hoverboard or jetpack.’
- ‘It's not the Hoverboard from Back to the Future, but close.’
- ‘So, you won't be taking your hoverboard out for a ride very soon, but the fact that Lifters can lift anything at all is a breakthrough for these weird science researchers.’
- ‘The Stealth Hoverboard from Go-Ped is exactly what I want: the "most evolutionary development in personal transportation since the foot."’
- ‘According to Lexus, the Hoverboard implements liquid nitrogen cooled superconductors and permanent magnets to help achieve the levitation effect.’
- ‘While the Hendo Hoverboard doesn't get as much air as the Marty McFly version, at least it's the real deal.’
- ‘That hoverboard made me really, really want to be living in the year 2015.’
- ‘Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground.’
- ‘The awesome hoverboard is back and at certain spots, players are forced to use it to travel from one point to another.’
- ‘It would be easy to climb up on my hoverboard, but the guards would have me on the ground before I was three feet in the air.’
2trademark A motorized personal vehicle consisting of a platform for the feet mounted on two wheels and controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight.
3A motorized personal vehicle consisting of a single central wheel with platforms for the feet on either side and controlled by the way the rider distributes their weight.
1980s: from hover + -board (as in skateboard), popularized by the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II.
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