Definition of aquaplane in US English:



  • A board for riding on water, pulled by a speedboat.

    • ‘When towed at any speed from 3 to 50 miles an hour or more, they are much safer than an aquaplane.’
    • ‘No one under 12 years of age may operate legally a vessel towing a person(s) on water skis, an aquaplane, a parasail, or similar device.’
    • ‘It is an infraction for a person under the age of 21 years who has 0.01 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to operate any motorized vessel or manipulate water skis, an aquaplane, or a similar device.’
    • ‘No person shall use any vessel or manipulate water skis, an aquaplane, or a similar device in a reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the life, limb, or property of any person.’


[no object]often as noun aquaplaning
  • 1Ride standing on an aquaplane.

    1. 1.1 (of a vehicle) slide uncontrollably on a wet surface.
      ‘the plane is believed to have aquaplaned on the runway’
      • ‘However, when golf carts start to aquaplane and caddies are chilled to the bone, it is no joke and everyone was relieved when the tournament was abandoned for the day.’
      • ‘You can't have five cars aquaplaning down the straight, and all the cars going flat out behind them.’
      • ‘However, with the road wet from the showers that had been falling in the district, it aquaplaned off the road and went nose-first into the embankment.’
      • ‘In Tadcaster, a man had a narrow escape early today when he hit a wall of flood water on the B1223, near Ulleskelf, and aquaplaned across a road into a ditch.’
      • ‘In wet weather water comes down off Temple Lane onto the road and cars are known to aquaplane.’
      • ‘Police believe the car may have aquaplaned on the waterlogged motorway because of the heavy rain.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, on Anthony's second run of the morning he aquaplaned off the circuit, damaging the chassis.’
      • ‘But I was aquaplaning and the car went sideways on the standing water.’
      • ‘A traffic policeman had a miraculous escape after his patrol car aquaplaned on a wet road, hit the central reservation of the A120 and burst into flames’
      • ‘A West Yorkshire fire officer said that the accident was caused by a combination of speed and the ‘severe’ weather conditions, which caused the vehicle to aquaplane on the road surface.’
      • ‘I took over from him but aquaplaned off the flooded track so I'm hoping for much better luck on this occasion.’
      • ‘In interview he said the car was travelling at between 30 and 45 mph when it aquaplaned.’
      • ‘The car would go into a slide without warning, as if we were aquaplaning, or like when you try to slow down a toboggan…’
      • ‘He also noted that the first raindrop that hits the ground will have those cars aquaplaning like barefoot water-skiers.’
      • ‘Such is the importance of first qualifying under the new aggregated system that he was forced to keep pushing, but as the track became increasingly perilous during his out-lap, the car aquaplaned and hit the wall at turn eight.’
      • ‘The steering wheel lost all control as the wheels locked and I aquaplaned towards the roundabout at 30 mph.’
      • ‘If the steering becomes unresponsive the car could be aquaplaning on surface water.’
      • ‘It had been raining for some time and we believe the driver aquaplaned when he hit water on the ground.’
      • ‘The police said I was aquaplaning (tyres sliding over the water).’
      • ‘‘The car was aquaplaning a lot, which meant it was actually floating on the track surface and the driver had no control,’ he said.’
      glide, move smoothly, slip, slither, skim, skate, glissade, coast, plane
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Early 20th century (originally US): from Latin aqua ‘water’ + plane.