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 four-day event has a lot of components, including a flotilla of dive boats departing from Morne Rouge Bay for a lionfish hunt. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionfish in the Caribbean: Destructive menace, delicious dinner," 3 July 2018 For an Arctic adventure, there’s Manshausen Island Resort or Lyngen Lodge, an eight-room property with dramatic mountain and sea views and its own boat for whale watching and ferrying hikers, bikers, and skiers to parts (almost) unknown. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 If the floating homes aren’t available, Amansara can customize day trips on its beautiful wooden boat. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Deeper in Cambodia," 19 Nov. 2018 Most superyacht owners don’t spend nearly enough time on their boats to make the cost worth it. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "What are rich people buying now? Superyachts, apparently.," 8 Nov. 2018 But if something goes awry during the landing, astronauts can be airlifted directly off the boat via helicopter and taken to a hospital. Loren Grush, The Verge, "SpaceX’s helipad-equipped boat will bring astronauts safely home," 5 Nov. 2018 Teslarati reports that SpaceX is dropping one-half of a payload fairing from a helicopter to test the ability of its Mr. Steven boat to catch them with a large net. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch," 12 Oct. 2018 Storm surges, flash floods and winds have spread destruction widely and the Marines, the Coast Guard and volunteers have used boats, helicopters, and heavy-duty vehicles to conduct hundreds of rescues as of Saturday. Allen G. Breed, Fox News, "Fearsome new stage begins as Florence floods inland rivers," 16 Sep. 2018 For the study, the team used a boat with a long pole to capture blow samples from the right whales in 2015, researchers said. David Sharp, The Seattle Times, "Study: Blowhole spray can provide fast data on whale health," 17 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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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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