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

Examples of airboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The motors are loud and sluggish on open water (at least compared to an outboard of similar horsepower), but the only other way to access shallow water is in an airboat. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "6 Styles of Duck Boats (And How to Pick the Right One For You)," 14 Dec. 2020 The attraction opened in 2010 with a 14-acre Gator Park and airboat tours. Dewayne Bevil,, "Wild Florida buys more land, plans expansion of attraction," 3 Sep. 2020 Shortly after dawn, Vradenburg powered an airboat at 35 mph across Tule Lake. Tom Stienstra,, "Avian botulism kills 40,000 birds, threatens millions more in Klamath Refuge," 1 Sep. 2020 Trahan opted to pay $1,200 for an airboat ride just to see what had happened. Ashley Cusick, Washington Post, "Hurricane Laura reduced some coastal Louisiana homes to concrete slabs, nearly consumed entire towns," 29 Aug. 2020 There are still a few salty duck hunters cruising the Salt Lake flats in airboats chasing the migration, but hell—all the real big-game hunters moved to Wyoming. Drew Palmer, Outdoor Life, "50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State," 15 May 2020 Next stop: an airboat ride on the Florida Everglades. John Branch, New York Times, "“If I get corona, I get corona,”," 22 Mar. 2020 Long is one of seven independent operators who depend on the free State Road 50 boat ramp near the Brevard County line to drop his airboat into the St. Johns River. Stephen Hudak,, "Proposed Orange County boat ramp rules make waves for airboat rides," 4 Dec. 2019 While a brief spraying pause was enacted last year, the airboats and helicopters keep spraying for now. Bill Weir And Shelby Rose, CNN, "Florida's war on weeds is killing fish and supercharging red tide, opponents say," 7 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of airboat

1914, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of airboat was in 1914

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25 Dec 2020

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“Airboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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