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 Start by exploring the jagged coastline by motorboat, stopping on the islands of Capri, Ischia or Procida, while skirting Positano, Praiano, and Amalfi. Liz Cantrell, Travel + Leisure, "7 Life-changing Trips for Teenagers, According to T+L's A-List Advisors," 5 May 2021 Money for the grant program comes from taxes collected from the sale of fishing equipment, boats and motorboat fuels under the Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside gets $1 million for wetlands restoration," 9 Mar. 2021 The money is generated through excise taxes and fees on firearms, ammunition, certain fishing and hunting gear and motorboat fuel. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Excise tax programs reap a record $1.09 billion for state conservation efforts," 28 Feb. 2021 After killing Dickie Greenleaf in a motorboat off the coast of Sanremo, Italy with an oar inthe first of the five Ripley novels, Ripley becomes Greenleaf. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "Fort Worth-born author Patricia Highsmith left behind a complicated, messy legacy," 1 Feb. 2021 Nearby mariners were also notified to keep an eye out for Bee and his missing motorboat. NBC News, "Man missing for 2 days found clinging to capsized boat in Florida," 30 Nov. 2020 The Schrey family in Indiana turned a motorboat (which typically spends the winter parked in their front yard) into a pirate ship. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Halloween candy catapults, chutes and ziplines: How some will greet trick-or-treaters in 2020," 29 Oct. 2020 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

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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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9 May 2021

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“Motorboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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