Student or Learner
Are 'aquaplane' and 'hydroplane'
the same thing?
I would say they are not the same, but both carry the meaning of skimming over the surface of water, although they do seem to be interchangable in common speach.
Aquaplane (aquaplaning) - normally associated with car tyres when they cannot clear enough water from the tread to maintain grip on the road. Sliding at high speed - a bad thing!
Hydroplane (hydroplaning) - an underwater 'wing' designed to lift a vessel out of the water and skim accross the surface to reduce drag caused by water also know as a hydrofoil. (Sometimes used to describe aquaplaning)
I could be totally wrong...but this is how I understand it!!