house·​boat | \ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt \

Definition of houseboat 

: a boat fitted for use as a dwelling especially : a pleasure craft with a broad beam, a usually shallow draft, and a large superstructure resembling a house

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Other Words from houseboat

houseboater \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌbō-​tər \ noun

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Built in 1981, the 1,841-square-foot two-bedroom looks like a true house—except this one happens to be floating on the Willamette River and is more or less permanently moored, unlike a houseboat. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Indoor-outdoor floating home wants $825K in Portland," 7 June 2018 Pitch a tent at nearby Woodenfrog State Forest Campground on Kabetogama Lake ($14), or rent a houseboat from Ebel’s Voyageur Houseboats (from $335). Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 The houseboat runs about 70 feet, and wood paneling accents the exterior of the boat, giving it a rustic feel. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Luxe Danish houseboat with terrace yours for $925K," 29 June 2018 The brothers bought the boat after a string of caretakers had restored it as a paddle-churning houseboat. Rick Montgomery, kansascity, "Tornado sunk this Kansas cruise boat in 1978, killing 16. Owners hope it floats again.," 22 June 2018 Finally Monday, the court gave another chance to Fane Lozman, a Riviera Beach, Fla., resident who has fought City Hall for years over docking his houseboat and other matters. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Supreme Court Gives Prisoners Another Chance to Fix Sentencing Errors," 18 June 2018 Raising Shasta Dam’s height would affect businesses like the Bay Bridge Marina with its houseboats and inundate sacred Indian sites. Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, "White House, Congress side with California growers over raising Shasta Dam," 15 Apr. 2018 In 2001, a 19-year old Oregon State University student, Sean Matsuda, slipped and fell from a houseboat and drown. Lizzy Acker,, "'Disgusting and horrible': Community reacts to UO statement after student dies at Lake Shasta," 20 May 2018 Check out the houseboat community in Portage Bay, head west to see Gas Works Park from a different viewpoint, or travel east through the Montlake Cut to hang with the wildlife near the Washington Park Arboretum. Crystal Paul, The Seattle Times, "Seattle beyond the Space Needle: Pick an itinerary and explore this summer," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of houseboat

1772, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of houseboat was in 1772

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English Language Learners Definition of houseboat

: a boat that is also used as a house


house·​boat | \ˈhau̇s-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of houseboat

: a roomy pleasure boat fitted for use as a place to live

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