Crossword clues for hovercraft
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
hovercraft \hov"er*craft\, n. A vehicle that rides over water or land supported by the pressure of a stream of air generated by downward-thrusting fans, and is propelled forward by an air propeller; also called ACV and air-cushioned vehicle. [Mostly found in Great Britain]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
n. 1 A vehicle supported on a cushion of air, able to traverse many different types of terrain and travel over water, used for transport. 2 (plural of hovercraft English)Category:English plurals
n. a craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet engines [syn: ground-effect machine]
A hovercraft, also known as an air-cushion vehicle or ACV, is a craft capable of travelling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces. Hovercraft are hybrid vessels operated by a pilot as an aircraft rather than a captain as a marine vessel.
Hovercraft use blowers to produce a large volume of air below the hull that is slightly above atmospheric pressure. The pressure difference between the higher pressure air below the hull and lower pressure ambient air above it produces lift, which causes the hull to float above the running surface. For stability reasons, the air is typically blown through slots or holes around the outside of a disk- or oval-shaped platform, giving most hovercraft a characteristic rounded-rectangle shape. Typically this cushion is contained within a flexible "skirt", which allows the vehicle to travel over small obstructions without damage.
The first practical design for hovercraft was derived from a British invention in the 1950s to 1960s. They are now used throughout the world as specialised transports in disaster relief, coastguard, military and survey applications as well as for sport or passenger service. Very large versions have been used to transport hundreds of people and vehicles across the English Channel, whilst others have military applications used to transport tanks, soldiers and large equipment in hostile environments and terrain.
Although now a generic term for the type of craft, the name Hovercraft itself was a trademark owned by Saunders-Roe (later British Hovercraft Corporation (BHC), then Westland), hence other manufacturers' use of alternative names to describe the vehicles.
Hovercraft was an instrumental experimental rock group that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1993. It was co-founded by its core duo of guitarist/samplist/tape looper Ryan Shinn, and bassist Beth Liebling. Liebling and Shinn would use the pseudonyms "Sadie 7" and "Campbell 2000", respectively, throughout the duration of the band's history. Hovercraft has been cited as one of the most abrasive, non-commercial sounding bands ever to receive major-label distribution for its albums. Though somewhat overlooked and sometimes heavily criticized because of the band's early association with a platinum-selling rock star, the group was largely well respected and well received by critics and developed a cult following.
A hovercraft is a craft capable of traveling over land, water, mud or ice and other surfaces both at speed and when stationary.
Hovercraft may also refer to:
- Hovercraft (band), an American experimental rock band
- "Hovercraft", an episode of the television series Teletubbies
Usage examples of "hovercraft".
As Ray and the other dogs rushed to join the melee, Ake slowly got out of the hovercraft, stretched his legs, and waved knowingly at a figure standing and watching all the commotion from a respectful distance.
He rolled onto his stomach as he aquaplaned across the ice, and in one swift movement he drew his Maghook from behind his back and looked up at the rear of the hovercraft as it sped away from him.
Before Arak could finish, the hovercraft came to a sudden stop then rapidly descended.
Schofield looked back through his rear windshield, through the blur of his rear turbofan and saw the three hovercrafts behind him.
Dane concealed the hovercraft behind a shuttle bay, then led Aiyana and Batty toward the nearest vehicle.
Perhaps the Angels will one day follow the Freemasons into bourgeois senility, but by then some other group will be making outrage headlines: a Hovercraft gang, or maybe some once-bland fraternal group tooling up even now for whatever the future might force on them.
They were going from Dover this time, with the Hovercraft, an early evening crossing which meant that they would be back in Groningen well before midnight.
The big, bad Mec went down like a de-pressurized hovercraft, his hat rolling off his head like tumbleweed.
He knew that MI-6 and other intelligence agencies kept the Hovercraft under surveillance the same as they did major airports and railway stations.
They went over on the hovercraft and, since Ethel Cross and Oliver were both immersed in papers, Beatrice opened the paperback she had had the forethought to bring with her, and pretended to read.
Marlin sent out robot hovercraft and is having two superheavies repaired.
They had more coffee and sandwiches on the Hovercraft once they had boarded it at Ca lais and, once free of Customs, they drove up the M2, through the Blackwall Tunnel and so northwards to Hertfordshire.
Led by a red Bioroid like a crimson vision of death, the Masters' warriors dove their Hovercraft and sought targets, firing and firing.
As they went they began dropping Bioroids, the mecha dispersing and advancing on their antigrav Hovercraft for an attack.
Fully assembled the hovercraft was a simple affair, with a big fan at the rear and two cycloidal impellers filling the skirt with air.