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

Got Stryper Charters and Baits shared a video of the killer whale racing with dolphins alongside the boat. Fox News, "Killer whale swims alongside boat off Cape Cod in 'unbelievable' video," 11 June 2019 The boat will begin boarding passengers at 11:30 a.m., with the cruise starting at noon. Charlie Wilson concert When: Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Places to take Dad on Father's Day around metro Detroit," 10 June 2019 Historians conjecture that the boats were intended to carry souls to the next world. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "In Iraq Museum, There Are Things ‘That Are Nowhere Else in the World’," 9 June 2019 Most of the 19 people who died were South Korean tourists, and nine of the 35 people who were onboard the boat are still missing. Washington Post, "The Latest: Sunken boat unlikely to be raised before Tuesday," 9 June 2019 After his wife, who was also aboard the fishing boat and was not injured, called 911, the Coast Guard and dozens of local, state and federal agencies launched a search involving helicopters, rescue ships and drones. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "Body of Texas Police Chief Chris Reed who fell overboard from fishing boat found near Texas City Dike," 9 June 2019 The inflatable boats carrying the scientists maneuver slowly through a sea of fractured ice, a mosaic of pieces that once were part of the Arctic ice sheet, pushed south by winds and currents into the Fram Strait. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Arctic melt: Threat beneath the ice," 8 June 2019 The fishing boats are out there, prowling the Willamette River through downtown Portland and beyond for spring chinook. oregonlive.com, "Would you eat a fish caught in the Willamette River?," 7 June 2019 The second day of ceremonies moved to France after spirited commemorations in Portsmouth, England, the main embarkation point for the transport boats. John Leicester, Anchorage Daily News, "D-Day 75: Nations honor surviving veterans and memory of fallen troops in ceremony above Normandy beaches," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But humans aren’t about to stop boating or fishing or trying to swim with dolphins at tourist spots and that is not always great for the sea creatures or people. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 Bring water and a brown bag lunch to eat on the grass after boating. courant.com, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 6 June 2019 Retrofit the low-head dams throughout Marion County to create a free-flowing river that people can boat down and wildlife can move down without issues. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "The future of the White River is in your hands. Here's what you need to know.," 4 June 2019 Fernández, the electric Miami Marlins right-hander, died in a boating crash on Sept. 25, 2016, at the age of 24. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Best Free-Agent Class in Baseball History Has Lost Its Luster," 7 Nov. 2018 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

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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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