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 The holster has two mounting holes that allow it to be mounted on a bike, in a vehicle, or on a boat. Outdoor Life, "Best Bear Spray: Five Things to Consider," 5 Jan. 2021 Earlier Wednesday, China handed two suspects aged under 18 who were also on the boat to Hong Kong police. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kongers who tried to flee to Taiwan jailed in China for up to 3 years," 29 Dec. 2020 Ben's big sister also posted her own tribute, captioning a solo shot of the birthday boy on a boat. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "John Travolta Shares Sweet Family Video with Kids on First Christmas After Kelly Preston’s Death," 26 Dec. 2020 In 2019, near the end of the rhinoceros hornbill breeding season, Ravinder and her husband, Sanjitpaal Singh, a professional photographer, waited on a boat on the river in hopes of seeing a fledgling emerge from one of the boxes. Yao-hua Law, The Atlantic, "Helmeted Hornbills Are Very Picky About Their Nests," 16 Dec. 2020 However, staging the show on a boat would have been cost prohibitive, said Moreno. Keith Spera, NOLA.com, "Why no Lauren Daigle on 'New Year's Rockin' Eve? She wasn't offered the job," 15 Dec. 2020 On the boat, cement mixers prepared a paste that snorkelers ferried down to divers who spent hours fastening pieces back on the reef. Star Tribune, "Insuring nature against climate change," 10 Dec. 2020 The crew members will stay on the boat until the end of their isolation, officials said. Anchorage Daily News, "Tracking COVID-19 in Alaska: 580 new cases and no deaths reported Tuesday," 8 Dec. 2020 On the boat, cement mixers prepared a special paste that snorkelers ferried down to divers who spent hours underwater carefully fastening pieces back on the reef. New York Times, "A Race Against Time to Rescue a Reef From Climate Change," 5 Dec. 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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Last Updated

13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Boat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boat. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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boat

noun
How to pronounce boat (audio)

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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