ice·​boat ˈīs-ˌbōt How to pronounce iceboat (audio)
: a skeleton boat or frame on runners propelled on ice usually by sails

Illustration of iceboat

Illustration of iceboat

Examples of iceboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1937, the rival newspaper sponsored a design contest for an affordable, home-buildable iceboat, and the initials stuck. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2023 An 81-year-old Independence Township man died after crashing his sleek, 27-foot iceboat on frozen Pontiac Lake. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 6 Feb. 2023 Answering the order to pass, the RAV4 Prime picks up pace like an iceboat catching a gust, accelerating on the glide. Dan Neil, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 Thousands watched as local hockey clubs battled one another and the Skate Sailing Association of America held competitions, including one in 1926 that featured 21 iceboats on blades that sailed over a three-mile course. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Aug. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1748, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of iceboat was in 1748

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Cite this Entry

“Iceboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


ice·​boat -ˌbōt How to pronounce iceboat (audio)
: a frame resembling a boat that is driven by sails and glides over the ice on runners
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