boat·​load | \ ˈbōt-ˌlōd How to pronounce boatload (audio) \

Definition of boatload

1 : a load that fills a boat a boatload of passengers
2 : an indefinitely large number or amount a boatload of criticism a boatload of money

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Examples of boatload in a Sentence

a boatload of publicity for the new handheld devices
Recent Examples on the Web The two-time Big Ten Player of the Year also finished with a boatload of Iowa school records, and she was ultimately drafted in the second round of the WNBA Draft by the Dallas Wings. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 25 Wisconsinites had the biggest sports year in 2019," 16 Dec. 2019 Money is arriving by the boatload from companies based in Europe, where the sector is well established., "The move rattled renewable energy supporters here, prompting some to wonder if Vineyard Wind would go the way of Cape Wind. This was to be the first major offshore wind farm in the country. A delay meant other states could take the lead.," 13 Nov. 2019 However, their capacity to handle foreign recyclables was quickly overwhelmed, and some even began returning boatloads of waste to the countries that sent them. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "China Once Welcomed the World’s Trash. Now It’s Using A.I. and Facial Recognition to Handle Mountains of Its Own," 29 Nov. 2019 The show’s third and most recent season included a boatload of hilarious bloopers. Eric Todisco,, "It's Stranger Things Day! Watch the Hilarious Blooper Reels from All 3 Seasons," 6 Nov. 2019 The Bucks were the league’s only 60-win team last season and reaped a boatload of awards, including MVP for Giannis Antetokounmpo. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What national writers are saying about the Milwaukee Bucks' chances in the 2019-20 season," 22 Oct. 2019 Every summer, boatloads of visitors journey here for the gleaming black-sand beaches, and as many as 500 travelers trek to the island’s summit each sunset to view the lava fireworks against the night sky. Andrea Frazzetta, National Geographic, "What it’s like to live in the shadow of an active volcano," 29 Dec. 2019 That all changed when the first boatloads of people disembarked, along with hunting dogs and stowaway rats. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Can tech save the kakapo, New Zealand's 'gorgeous, hilarious' parrot?," 26 Dec. 2019 Get together and chat with friends who can offer up a boatload of interesting and inspiring ideas to contemplate. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 3, 2019: Happy birthday Holly Marie Combs; Aquarius, social activities are soaring," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of boatload

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of boatload was in 1625

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16 Jan 2020

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“Boatload.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boatload

: an amount or number that will fill a boat

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