ground-effect machine


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ground-ef·fect machine

(ground′ĭ-fĕkt′)
n.
A hovercraft.

[From ground effect, a peculiarity of certain aircraft when landing, in which a cushion of air directed off the wings prevents touchdown.]

hov•er•craft

(ˈhʌv ərˌkræft, -ˌkrɑft, ˈhɒv-)

n., pl. -craft.
(sometimes cap.) a passenger craft that rides on a cushion of air, kept aloft by fans and driven forward by propellers.
[1955–60; orig. a trademark]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground-effect machine - a craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet enginesground-effect machine - a craft capable of moving over water or land on a cushion of air created by jet engines
craft - a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
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That operating height is considered desirable because as it operates no higher off the ground than its "wingspan," it is considered a ground-effect machine and thus is not regulated by FAA controlled airspace rules.