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hovercraft (air-cushion vehicle) Fast, usually amphibious craft. A horizontal fan produces a cushion of air supporting the craft just above the ground or water. Vertical fans propel the craft. Most hovercraft are powered by gas turbine or diesel engines. Hovercraft travel at speeds up to c.160km/h (100mph). Christopher Cockerell built the first hovercraft in 1959. They are used as marine ferries and as military vehicles.

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hovercraft

hov·er·craft / ˈhəvərˌkraft/ • n. (pl. same) a vehicle or craft that travels over land or water on a cushion of air provided by a downward blast. A design was first patented by Christopher Cockerell (1910– ) in 1955.

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Hovercraft

Hovercraft: see air-cushion vehicle.

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