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boat

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noun \ˈbōt\

Definition of boat

  1. 1a :  a small vessel for travel on waterb :  ship

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

boatful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

boatlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

in the same boat

  1. :  in the same situation or predicament

Examples of boat in a Sentence

  1. He tied the boat to the dock.

  2. Cruise ships and other boats filled the harbor.

  3. traveling by boat across the ocean

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Origin and Etymology of boat

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

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boat

verb

Definition of boat

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place in or bring into a boat

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to go by boat

Examples of boat in a Sentence

  1. We boated over to the island.

  2. boated to the picnic site on an island in the bay

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First Known Use of boat

13th century

Other Nautical Terms



BOAT Defined for English Language Learners

boat

play
noun

Definition of boat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of boat for English Language Learners

  • : to travel in a boat


BOAT Defined for Kids

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boat

play
noun \ˈbōt\

Definition of boat for Students

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

  2. 2 :  1ship 1


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boat

play
verb

Definition of boat for Students

boated

;

boating

  1. :  to use a boat

boater

noun


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