mo·​tor·​boat | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌbōt How to pronounce motorboat (audio) \

Definition of motorboat

: a boat propelled usually by an internal combustion engine

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motorboater \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce motorboat (audio) \ noun
motorboating \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce motorboat (audio) \ noun

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Examples of motorboat in a Sentence

motorboats are banned on the lake because they are a hazard to swimmers
Recent Examples on the Web They’re not bothered with the inconveniences of clogged roads or airport security lines, traveling immaculately by G6 or Riva motorboat. Linda Wells, Town & Country, 24 Sep. 2021 Both properties are accessible by seaplane and motorboat. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 9 Sep. 2021 The story revolves around a youth, who lives on the edge of the Venice lagoon and dreams of Barchino (motorboat). Liza Foreman, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 Thanks to the twin outboards and modern running surface, the Iguana has the same kind of speed and seakeeping abilities as a traditional motorboat its size. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 3 Aug. 2021 Caroline Hicks, 9, of Alexandria, Virginia, rode in her grandfather’s motorboat in Sterns Creek in Portsmouth, Virginia. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2021 Head out onto the bayou with McGee's Louisiana Swamp & Airboat Tours, which offers airboat, motorboat, and canoe tours helmed by Cajun guides. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 19 July 2021 That day, Victor and his siblings — ages 9, 5 and 2 at the time — were on a 16- to 17-foot Bayliner Capri motorboat with their parents, Mariana Ochoa and Jesus Lobato Hernandez, their adult friend and the boat operator, the complaints stated. Paige Fry,, 1 July 2021 The Conservative Baptist Network, an increasingly influential group founded last year, released a video last week featuring images of an empty motorboat slipping loose from a pier and floating into the middle of a lake under cloudy skies. New York Times, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of motorboat

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of motorboat was in 1890

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30 Sep 2021

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“Motorboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of motorboat

: a boat with a motor


mo·​tor·​boat | \ ˈmō-tər-ˌbōt How to pronounce motorboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of motorboat

: an often small boat driven by a motor

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