boat

noun
\ ˈbōt How to pronounce boat (audio) \
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 How to pronounce boatful (audio) \ noun
boatlike \ ˈbōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce boatlike (audio) \ 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

During an ideal mission, Go Searcher will lift the Crew Dragon out of the water with a crane, attached to the end of the boat, according to NASA. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home," 5 Nov. 2018 Making an epic entrance to the Venice Film Festival, where her upcoming film A Star Is Born will debut, Gaga sat on the side of a boat while dangling her crossed legs (and stiletto pumps) above the water. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga’s Boat Ride to Venice Film Festival Was An Inspiring Level of Extra," 30 Aug. 2018 In the photo, Kourtney is standing on the seats of a boat while wearing a teal swimsuit. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kourtney Kardashian's Sexy Norma Kamali Swimsuit Has Too Many Cutouts to Count," 25 July 2018 Yurk worked the 14-inch bass to the side of the boat, flicked the hook out of its mouth and watched it swim off. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 Coast Guard officials shared photos of the boat on social media and said there are currently no reports of people missing. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "US Coast Guard searching near South Monomoy Island," 12 July 2018 The shark swam alongside the Whaler, then dove beneath us and bumped the back of the boat. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "Susan Casey on Seeing Her First Great White Shark," 11 July 2018 While rowers at each end of the boat set the pace and keep balance, his No. David Wharton, latimes.com, "Orange Coast crew takes on sport's royalty at Henley regatta in England," 28 June 2018 He is scheduled to begin operating this summer on his 48-foot Uniflite, described as one of the biggest and most comfortable six-pack boats in San Diego. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "The cats come out at night," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But not the cheap species that dominates the current market, cargo-boated in from China. Miranda Purves, WSJ, "My Quest to Create a Classic, Intricately Tiled Bathroom," 15 Mar. 2019 During a boating excursion on Lake Anna, Va., in May 2008, Mr. Nelson received tickets for failing to have enough life jackets on his 18-foot Bayliner recreational boat and for failing to register his boat, court records show. Alexa Corse, WSJ, "Swift Justice: New Appellate Judge Courts Trouble With Traffic Cops," 19 Oct. 2018 An off-duty firefighter found the child’s body while out boating about 1:30 p.m. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Newborn found floating near Boynton Inlet likely drifted from Broward, detectives say," 7 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce boat (audio) \

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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