long·​boat | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌbōt How to pronounce longboat (audio) \

Definition of longboat

: a large oared boat usually carried by a merchant sailing ship

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Seconds before we were smashed to pieces, the longboat swung 90 degrees starboard and banged against a harbor wall with a mighty jolt while two dock-hands lashed us fast. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 Spanish caravels and a viking longboat, a moving sidewalk, the first Ferris wheel — along with people and cultures from around the globe — all turned Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance into the world’s museum. Charles J. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The Humboldt alligator is all the rage, but the 1893 World’s Fair gators in Jackson Park are the original creatures from the Chicago lagoon," 28 June 2019 Ride a longboat down the Tiputini River with an indigenous guide, who will help us spot turtles, tapirs, and caimans bobbing at the water’s surface. National Geographic, "Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galápagos High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 The group was notorious for sailing their longboats into harbors and viciously attacking the people there—stealing all the available loot, taking slaves and killing just about everyone else. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Follow the Paths of Viking Raiders from Norway to North America," 25 Oct. 2017 The trip starts off on a longboat down the Kompong Phluk water village and includes a kayaking excursion around Tonle Sap lake and a trip to a food market to shoot pictures of local delicacies. Shivani Vora, New York Times, "10 Tours to Turn Travelers Into Photographers," 29 Aug. 2017 Companies and choices My weeklong trip aboard Viking Cruises' longboat Var traveled from Budapest to Nuremberg, Germany. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "On a European river cruise along the Danube, watch beauty glide by from your bed or go explore the sights," 1 May 2017 Most of the hunting that goes on here has nothing to do with Spanish galleons or Viking longboats. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Searching for California's Lost Viking Treasure Ship," 2 Feb. 2017 These days oreboats, straight deckers, bulkers, sternenders, self unloaders, longboats and lakeboats deliver 180 million tons of cargo to and from the lakes annually. Porter Fox, New York Times, "From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea," 19 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of longboat

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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