air·​boat | \ ˈer-ˌbōt How to pronounce airboat (audio) \

Definition of airboat

: a shallow-draft boat driven by an airplane propeller and steered by an airplane rudder

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Teams at the site of the plane wreckage spent nearly two months removing debris by hand and taking it to dry land aboard airboats. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Fugitive mechanic in deadly 1996 ValuJet crash 'never should have been charged,' lawyer says," 14 Apr. 2018 Or get BOGO happy hour cruises on the Water Taxi or take a tour of the Everglades on an airboat at Sawgrass Recreation or Billie Swamp Safari Adventure. Doreen Christensen,, "Free fun at 45 hotspots with's 2-for-1 Summer Offers," 27 Apr. 2018 While the plantation segments of the tour are suitable for just about anyone, the airboat portion is aimed at thrill seekers who don't mind tearing through the swamp at top speeds. Andrew Parks, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Tours in New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 Florida agencies were preparing special equipment like airboats, all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive vehicles to respond to the storm. Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "Michael Strengthens to Hurricane Force," 8 Oct. 2018 In a preview to the show, Galante is seen riding around in an airboat at night using drones equipped with thermal cameras to pick up on heat signatures of a herd of deer and a looming predator (the black panther?). Johnny Diaz,, "Animal Planet's 'Extinct or Alive' heads to the Everglades in search of black panther," 27 June 2018 Finding inspiration in Lake Pontchartrain and the area's many waterways, Fontainebleau students made one of the shoes an airboat and the other a sailboat. Bob Warren,, "St. Tammany students designed shoes for Vans. Will it win them $75K?," 9 May 2018 Or get BOGO happy hour cruises on the Water Taxi or take a airboat tour of the Everglades at Sawgrass Recreation or Billie Swamp Safari Adventure. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry, discounts at 80+ SoFla museums, zoos, botanical gardens and more in May | Doreen's Deals," 30 Apr. 2018 Ellie’ Goldenberg graduated from the University of Miami the day before she was killed while on an airboat tour in the Everglades. Elizabeth Koh, miamiherald, "His daughter died in an airboat accident. He hopes a new law prevents more tragedies.," 1 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of airboat

1914, in the meaning defined above

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