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

Synonyms for boat

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Rivers provide traffic-free options about town by boat. Spencer Elliott, Forbes, "Charleston’s Daniel Island: Expansive Yet Intimate Southern Living," 27 Feb. 2021 The most direct route for those fleeing to Philadelphia was to follow Deer Creek to the Susquehanna River, and then cross by boat into Cecil County. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Freedom seekers: How the little-told story of the Underground Railroad in Harford County shaped the nation we live in today," 27 Feb. 2021 The Italian team’s recent innovative switch to co-helmsman, one on each side of the boat, is an example. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Eyes will be on the San Diego skipper in March America’s Cup," 26 Feb. 2021 Some blame it on access — the island is only accessible by boat — while others chalk it up to voodoo. Stratton Lawrence, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny U.S. Island Is Full of Quiet Beaches, Art, Rum, History — and Some Say Voodoo," 26 Feb. 2021 Several of the boat’s 33 passengers were from the Bay Area and Santa Cruz. Michael Williams, SFChronicle.com, "Grand jury indicts Conception captain on manslaughter charges in fiery dive boat tragedy that killed 34," 1 Dec. 2020 Instead, most of the crew was asleep on the top level of the boat. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Captain in Conception dive boat fire indicted on 34 counts of manslaughter," 1 Dec. 2020 The Vikings lost so many defensive backs before and during an out-of-nowhere 28-22 win over the Packers that Zimmer looked like a guy trying to patch five holes in the bottom of a boat. Star Tribune, "Mike Zimmer and his hampered Vikings defense put in a hectic, successful day," 1 Nov. 2020 The pair had been enjoying some time off in Capri when they were photographed by paparazzi on the deck of a boat. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Timothée Chalamet was 'embarrassed' by make-out photos with Lily-Rose Depp," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Petersburg will host — for maybe two hours at a time — five teams that will fly or boat to the island. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Making the high school cross-country season happen in Southeast Alaska takes creativity and planning," 2 Oct. 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020 Nightcrawlers on harness rigs are superb when slow trolled, and anglers who troll with jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers, and leeches will consistently boat walleyes. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to freshwater fishing," 1 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for boat

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

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2 Mar 2021

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“Boat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boat. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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