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

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 Lawyers for the boat company did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on the lawsuit. Washington Post, "Widow sues boat owner in fire off California that killed 34," 12 Nov. 2019 The Great Lakes Boat Building School in Cedarville in the Upper Peninsula, let kids use planers to work curves into wood used to build boats. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Cranes, planes and automobiles showcase career options for students," 10 Nov. 2019 Many of those races were made on family boats all named Siren Song. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Joseph Wright, environmental lawyer and competitive sailor, dies at 81," 10 Nov. 2019 Green Turtle relies on golf cart rentals, boat charters and restaurants as the economic pulse. NBC News, "Two months after Hurricane Dorian, debris poses critical health risks for Bahamians," 9 Nov. 2019 Though boat traffic is a common sight to those who live in waterfront homes where at least one current real estate listing exceeds $15 million, staring at a stuck, 203-foot ship must have been somewhat startling. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Uninvited visitor near exclusive Miami island: 200-foot cargo ship that ran ‘hard aground’," 8 Nov. 2019 After receiving a tip that the men were in the Keys to illegally harvest lobster and fish, the FWC assigned four plain clothes officers on two unmarked boats to watch them. al, "Alabama men get 60 days in Florida jail for lobster poaching," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s also a 1955 photograph that may or may not show an apparition making its way across the boat’s deck. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Are there ghosts haunting the USS Constellation? The Travel Channel show ‘The Holzer Files’ certainly thinks so.," 7 Nov. 2019 Eventually, the boat ground to a halt on a rocky area less than 2,000 feet from the edge of the falls. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Historic Boat, Stuck Above Niagara Falls Since 1918, Finally Breaks Free," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After years of litigation, coastal and ranch officials agreed last year to a controversial deal that would have allowed access only to landowners, their guests, visitors with guides and those who could boat or paddle in from 2 miles away. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public heads to Gov. Newsom. Will he sign it?," 9 Sep. 2019 Cruising together and boating together and playing golf together and tennis. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Far from the headaches of governing, Gov. Ned Lamont has a hideaway on the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine," 23 Aug. 2019 The area now boats a significant Ethiopian community, and a mural on the 400 block that honors both generations of immigrants. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "See Baltimore’s Asian American past and future converge at the Charm City Night Market," 16 Sep. 2019 The largest fish in derby history was boated in 1996, when Minnesota’s Jerry Meinders hauled in a 376.9-pound whopper. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby to end this year after a 34-year run," 11 Sep. 2019 An average of about 650 people die each year in boating accidents, according to statistics from the Coast Guard from the past 20 years. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "At least eight dead, 26 unaccounted for after diving boat catches fire near California coast, officials say," 3 Sep. 2019 Videos and photos from the trip have been shared across social media platforms, often accompanied by the hashtag #BahamaWolves, showing the team boating, playing volleyball and relaxing poolside. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Traveling across the U.S., and to the Bahamas, Ryan Saunders and the Timberwolves placing a premium on team bonding," 2 Sep. 2019 Minidoka National Wildlife Refuge in southern Idaho faces two significant changes: opening a season for hunting elk with bows and arrows and extending boating season by a month. Keith Ridler, The Know, "A Colorado wildlife refuge will allow hunting and fishing for the first time," 11 Sep. 2019 In total, 766 people were arrested on DWI charges and 14 were arrested on boating while intoxicated (BWI) charges, according to the release. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Over 750 intoxicated drivers arrested in Montgomery County during '100 Deadliest Days of Summer'," 10 Sep. 2019

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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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15 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for boat

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

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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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