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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Other Words from motorboat

motorboater \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌbō-​tər How to pronounce motorboater (audio) \ noun
motorboating \ ˈmō-​tər-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce motorboating (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 Think about driving a small motorboat when a yacht or even a cruise ship passes and being swamped and tossed around in the larger boat’s wake. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Why Airliners Could Soon Fly in Formation, Just Like a Flock of Birds," 21 Sep. 2020 The incident began after a trail camera picked him up on the island, which McGuire allegedly used a small motorboat to access, according to Click Orlando. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "WATCH: Police with guns drawn comb Disney World’s abandoned island searching for trespasser," 1 Sep. 2020 Inspectors zoomed out in a motorboat to check on the STS-50. Tristram Korten, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Hunt for the Modern-Day Pirates Who Steal Millions of Tons of Fish From the Seas," 21 Aug. 2020 Most visitors explore Voyageurs by kayak, canoe, motorboat or houseboat. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Campers' trash left behind prompts plea from Voyageurs National Park," 6 Aug. 2020 In Michigan, fishing in a canoe is legal but fishing in a motorboat is not. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Let’s not lean into our authoritarian impulses," 16 Apr. 2020 His hope is that someone can help him get his hands on a pump big enough to clear the water out, and that someone will show up with a motorboat capable of towing him free. al, "Aground at Fort Morgan, sailor still upbeat about life," 3 June 2020 Before reaching his teens, Daniel Schindler knew how to handle a canoe and a motorboat. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "How a salmon scientist got hooked into a battle over the world’s largest gold mine," 26 Sep. 2019 Five boaters have died on Oregon waterways this spring, according to the Oregon State Marine Board, including two kayakers, a canoeist and two people in motorboats. oregonlive, "Cold Portland-area rivers, lakes pose dangers as hot temperatures approach," 7 May 2020

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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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29 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Motorboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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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