boat

noun
\ˈbōt \
plural boats

Definition of boat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small vessel for travel on water

b : ship

2 : a boat-shaped container, utensil, or device a gravy boat a laboratory boat

3 informal : a large car A lot of people still think Cadillac makes big floaty boats.— Mark LaNeve

in the same boat

: in the same situation or predicament

boat

verb
boated; boating; boats

Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place in or bring into a boat

intransitive verb

: to go by boat

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Other Words from boat

Noun

boatful \ˈbōt-​ˌfu̇l \ noun
boatlike \ˈbōt-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for boat

Synonyms: Noun

bottom, craft, vessel, watercraft

Synonyms: Verb

cruise, ferry, navigate, sail, ship (out), voyage

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Examples of boat in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

We boated over to the island. boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The first two phases of art haven’t turned up anywhere else on the island, but around 4,000 years ago, people started drawing human figures, boats, and geometric designs in black pigment on the walls of caves like Lubang Jeriji Saleh. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 Droves of Cubans were arriving by boat, as were Haitians. Christy Turlington Burns, Marie Claire, "Christy Turlington Burns' Immigration Story," 13 Aug. 2018 For now, the digital-ad boom continues to lift all boats, and working directly with Google and Facebook is the exception rather than the rule for big advertisers. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Madison Avenue’s Unequal Fight With Google," 6 Nov. 2018 September 3, 2018: Many of the Riverdale cast spent Labor Day Weekend together, and this one pic, of the crew on a boat got a lot of people talking. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Camila Mendes and Charles Melton's Relationship," 8 Oct. 2018 Jer’s first time on the slalom ski, and Ember’s first time on the boat! Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Audrey Roloff Shares Rare Wedding Footage on Instagram for Her and Jeremy's Anniversary," 21 Sep. 2018 One thing the space agency doesn't get enough credit for is supporting all kinds of wild and crazy spaceflight ideas, some of which turn into really transformative things (hello, Falcon 9 rocket that lands on boats). Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Japan chasing SpaceX, missile-test failure, Russian trolling," 3 Aug. 2018 My First: Great White Trolling the Pacific Ocean for sharks on a boat called the Dinner Plate. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Moments That Changed Us," 11 July 2018 The damage, Edelman says, was masked by the rising tide of the late-’90s boom, which lifted all boats and led to record-low poverty rates. Neil Swidey, BostonGlobe.com, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But June 2015 was a bad time to be boating on the lake. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Texas Lake Developed a Boat-Swallowing Whirlpool," 3 Sep. 2018 Trevor ThomasSouthern CrossingsThomas scours his home country for new lodges, camps, and villas (like the suites at Mahu Whenua), and adventures like boating through fjords. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "2018 Top Travel Specialists We Trust," 19 Oct. 2018 At the same time, experts claim very little has been invested in boating infrastructure. Rebecca Kesten, Fox News, "Boaters face growing risk amid ramp shortage, crumbling infrastructure," 16 July 2018 Rather than fixing driving physics that weren't particularly great, The Crew 2 instead adds boating and flying tasks. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "The Crew 2 review: Where is everybody?," 10 July 2018 That death has lawmakers voting for Ellie's Law, a bill that would require airboat operators to complete courses in boating safety, airboat operations and CPR/first aid. Dan Sweeney, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Power Lunch: Limits on opioid prescriptions move through Legislature," 23 Jan. 2018 There were also three local boating accidents reported during the campaign time period. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Crackdown on Chain O' Lakes yields impaired boating arrests, citations," 8 July 2018 Those in the local boating community say the sport is on the rebound. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 In a press release, Shari Ireton, communications director for the Sheriff’s Office urged people to always wear life jackets in or near rivers and to wear helmets when boating. Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times, "Kayaker rescued from rough water in Skykomish River," 4 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boat.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of boat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for boat

Noun

Middle English boot, from Old English bāt; akin to Old Norse beit boat

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The first known use of boat was before the 12th century

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boat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

boat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to travel in a boat

boat

noun
\ˈbōt \

Kids Definition of boat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

boat

verb
boated; boating

Kids Definition of boat (Entry 2 of 2)

: to use a boat

Other Words from boat

boater noun

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