flatboat

noun

flat·​boat ˈflat-ˌbōt How to pronounce flatboat (audio)
: a boat with a flat bottom and square ends used for transportation of bulky freight especially in shallow waters

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web An adventure historian builds a 19th-century flatboat and sails it down the Mississippi River. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 An adventure historian builds a 19th-century flatboat and sails it down the Mississippi River. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 An adventure historian builds a 19th-century flatboat and sails it down the Mississippi River. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 An adventure historian builds a 19th-century flatboat and sails it down the Mississippi River. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 An adventure historian builds a 19th-century flatboat and sails it down the Mississippi River. Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2022 An adventure historian builds a 19th-century flatboat and sails it down the Mississippi River. Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2022 Journalist-adventurer Rinker Buck drew on perseverance and courage to safely pilot a flatboat down the Mississippi River – making connections with people and America’s past. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Aug. 2022 Travel writer Rinker Buck built a flatboat and traveled from Pittsburgh to New Orleans on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1653, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flatboat was in 1653

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Cite this Entry

“Flatboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flatboat. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

flatboat

noun

flat·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce flatboat (audio)
: a boat with a flat bottom and square ends used on rivers for carrying freight

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