Meaning of “hovercraft” in the English Dictionary

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"hovercraft" in British English

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hovercraftnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɒv.ə.krɑːft/ us /ˈhɑː.vɚ.kræft/ plural hovercrafts or hovercraft

a vehicle that travels quickly just above the surface of water or land by producing a current of air under it to support it


  • A hovercraft travels on a cushion of air.
  • The express ferry service to Ireland is the hovercraft, but that is sometimes cancelled if the weather is bad.

Examples from literature

  • In this book you’ll read about getting around on everything from the horse to the hovercraft! 

(Definition of “hovercraft” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)