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1boat

noun \ˈbōt\

: a small vehicle that is used for traveling on water

: a vehicle of any size that is used for traveling on water

: a long and narrow container that is used for serving a sauce with a meal

Full Definition of BOAT

1
a :  a small vessel for travel on water
b :  ship
2
:  a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device <a gravy boat> <a laboratory boat>
boat·ful \-ˌfl\ noun
boat·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
in the same boat
:  in the same situation or predicament
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Examples of BOAT

  1. He tied the boat to the dock.
  2. Cruise ships and other boats filled the harbor.
  3. traveling by boat across the ocean

Origin of BOAT

Middle English boot, from Old English bāt; akin to Old Norse beit boat
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

2boat

verb

: to travel in a boat

Full Definition of BOAT

transitive verb
:  to place in or bring into a boat
intransitive verb
:  to go by boat

Examples of BOAT

  1. We boated over to the island.
  2. <boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay>

First Known Use of BOAT

1613

Related to BOAT

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay
BOATFUL Defined for Kids

1boat

noun \ˈbōt\

Definition of BOAT for Kids

1
:  a small vessel driven on the water by oars, paddles, sails, or a motor
2
:  1ship 1

2boat

verb
boat·edboat·ing

Definition of BOAT for Kids

:  to use a boat
boat·er noun

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