out·​board | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce outboard (audio) \

Definition of outboard

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : situated outboard
2 : having, using, or limited to the use of an outboard motor



Definition of outboard (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : outside a ship's bulwarks : in a lateral direction from the hull
2 : in a position closer or closest to either of the wingtips of an airplane or to the sides of an automobile



Definition of outboard (Entry 3 of 3)

2 : a boat with an outboard motor

Examples of outboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Unlike the lumbering tall ships of the 1800s, the Iskatel runs on a combination of two outboard engines and four lateen sails. Garland Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Russian retraces historic route to Sitka," 9 Sep. 2019 There is a middle seatbelt in the back, but that position is not comfortable if adults or larger children are already in the outboard seat positions. G. Chambers Williams Iii, Houston Chronicle, "COMPACT," 13 July 2018 In the rear, two people could sit comfortably in the outboard positions, with a third person riding not as comfortably in the middle. G. Chambers Williams Iii, star-telegram, "Alfa Romeo introduces its first SUV, the 2018 Stelvio, starting at $41,995 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Apr. 2018 In both hybrid and Energi versions of the C-Max, the rear seats flip down easily using a lever mounted on the outboard side of each seat. Car and Driver, "2018 Ford C-Max," 22 Mar. 2018 Reasonable outboard ones can be had for as little as $100. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Classical streaming has arrived. How do the new services stack up?," 29 Aug. 2019 George Brian Brensnock was arrested Thursday after being caught in the act of vandalizing a 25-foot 2005 Joker Marine outboard motorboat that was in storage, investigators said. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Man accused of setting ex-girlfriend’s $20K boat ablaze," 2 Aug. 2019 Because there’s no outboard hanging off the back, the whole topside of the hull is usable. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Testing the Yamaha 210 FSH: The Boat That Blew Up the Formula," 31 Aug. 2018 The boat is a 27-foot offshore style sport boat, inboard/outboard with loud exhaust. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Oakland County lakes see drowning, boat fire, watercraft collision," 28 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb This year's prize boat is a ProCat 200 with Marine Master Trailer, and a Suzuki DF200ATX outboard, valued at $46,000. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Alabama Outdoors News and Notes," 20 Feb. 2018 This year's prize boat is a ProCat 200 with Marine Master Trailer, and a Suzuki DF200ATX outboard, valued at $46,000. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Alabama Outdoors News and Notes," 20 Feb. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since outboards are powering increasingly large boats, there are new options for buyers looking for 350 horsepower and more. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 5 Best Outboard Motors for Powering Your Aquatic Adventures," 16 July 2019 So, bold prediction: 500-hp turbocharged V-8 outboards. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Lake X: Mercury Marine's Secret Boat Testing Site," 27 Dec. 2018 Unique boats such as inboards, outboards, rowboats and canoes will be there as well. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "White Bear Lake Classic and Vintage Boat show to include iconic ‘Queen Mary’," 21 June 2019 Unfortunately, morning on the river starts before sunrise, when the boatmen fire up the outboards and the hornbills start squawking and the rustle of leaves hints at the primates feeding in the canopy. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 Except for the second weekend in August, when a fleet of mostly homemade stock outboard boats whiz through at speeds up to 75 miles an hour in the roughest and purportedly the last point-to-point outboard marathon in the country. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 Powerboat racing, which once had a thriving stock outboard circuit, requires the water course to be closed to other traffic, a logistical hurdle that has threatened the sport elsewhere. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 Most were 21 feet and powered by 40- or 50-horsepower outboards. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 The young couple also enjoyed the early morning fishing trips in their cozy 13 foot outboard which eventually included the rest of the family. courant.com, "Arline Wolansky," 18 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of outboard


1694, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1935, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of outboard

technical : located on or toward the outside of a vehicle (such as an airplane or ship)

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