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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ From here regular hydrofoils and ferries connect to Garda, Malcesine and Riva, so getting about is never a problem.
▪ Much more fun are the hydrofoils which ply up and down the lake.
▪ The hydrofoil entered the harbour, revealing the characteristic wooden docks, with brightly-painted buildings sticking out the fjord on spidery sticks.
▪ The hydrofoil had done four return journeys before its driver began to get really worried.
▪ There is the fast and comfortable jetfoil, the hydrofoil or the more leisurely ferry.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1959, "boat that travels through water on wings," short for hydrofoil boat, originally the name of the "wings" themselves (1920); formed in English from hydro- + foil (n.).


n. 1 (context nautical English) A wing attached to the hull of a ship that raises it out of the water when travelling at speed and thus reduces drag. 2 (context nautical English) A vessel equipped with such a device.

  1. n. a device consisting of a flat or curved piece (as a metal plate) so that its surface reacts to the water it is passing through; "the fins of a fish act as hydrofoils" [syn: foil]

  2. a speedboat that is equipped with hydrofoils that lift it so that it skims the water at high speeds; "the museum houses a replica of the jet hydroplane that broke the record" [syn: hydroplane]


A hydrofoil is a lifting surface, or foil, that operates in water. They are similar in appearance and purpose to aerofoils used by aeroplanes. Boats that use hydrofoil technology are also simply termed hydrofoils. As a hydrofoil craft gains speed, the hydrofoils lift the boat's hull out of the water, decreasing drag and allowing greater speeds.

Usage examples of "hydrofoil".

At the last instant the boat swerved into the bank and the hydrofoil roared on past, thoroughly soaking the passengers on its open lower deck.

From there she will catch the hydrofoil to Jersey in the Channel Islands.

St Malo, the Condor hydrofoil moved out of the harbour past the Malo des Noires.

Once out of harbour, the hydrofoil started to lift, increasing speed, and she gazed out into the morning feeling exhilarated.

Radio Jersey on the car radio, until the hydrofoil moved in through the harbour entrance.

It was a small hydrofoil, sixty feet, and we were pulling interdiction duty.

The hydrofoil would hang back, ready to intercede with its guns if necessary.

The hydrofoil raced away, picking up speed, lifting to the full extent of its skids.

The original plan had been to lure the local authorities away with the hydrofoil, leaving Raoul and his team to do a full investigation down here in secret, then make their escape in the clunky, nondescript houseboat.

The hydrofoil had immediately edged out of the cove and sped away, heading straight out into the Mediterranean.

Two hours later, the hydrofoil had sailed up to an island in the Mediterranean.

Back on the hydrofoil, she had given the information about the gold key not only to spare Monk, but also to engage Gray, to give him a chance to do something.

When the hydrofoil docked at Capri, Robert walked over to the ticket booth at the entrance to the funicular.

He had taken the hydrofoil to Kealakekua Bay, and as he moved swiftly past the bleak volcanic cliffs, he felt a depth of emotion that had surprised and even disconcerted him.

He remembered the time a drunken deckhand on a Canadian hydrofoil had threatened to throw some passengers overboard.