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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Quillen said the search for the remaining missing man would continue until sundown Tuesday, with authorities using two boats, two airboats, drones and searchers to scour the riverbanks and shallows., "4 dead, including 6-year-old boy, after boat capsizes along river in central Indiana," 3 Sep. 2019 Sheriff deputies and detectives had sought the public’s help with finding Rawal after being unable to locate him with the assistance of canines, a drone, a helicopter and an airboat, police have said. Pioneer Press Staff,, "Deerfield man who was reported missing drowned in Des Plaines River: coroner," 2 Aug. 2019 The cinematic music video was filmed over two days on Knik Glacier in Alaska, which can only be accessed by jet or airboat as there are no roads that lead there, according to Alaska Guide Co. Brianne Tracy,, "See the Stunning Photos from Lauren Daigle's 'Rescue' Music Video Shoot on an Alaskan Glacier," 20 July 2019 Parts of Inslee’s event, streamed on his Facebook page, were sometimes nearly drowned out by the noise from nearby airboats. Anthony Man,, "Presidential candidates flood into South Florida, beginning in the Everglades," 24 June 2019 But for a change of pace, take him on an airboat tour with Booggy Creek Airboat Adventures. Essence, "Happy Father's Day! Four Father-Friendly Getaways That Dad Will Actually Enjoy," 14 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of airboat

1914, in the meaning defined above

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