outboard motor


Definition of outboard motor

: a small internal combustion engine with propeller integrally attached for mounting at the stern of a small boat

Examples of outboard motor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tiny but powerful kayak outboard motor runs off a matching lithium-ion battery and generates 30 pounds of thrust. Field & Stream, "Best Kayak Motor to Fit the Way You Fish," 19 Mar. 2021 He was known to have been a heroin user, had been convicted of stealing an outboard motor and was suspected of other thefts. Washington Post, "Ronald DeFeo Jr., whose slayings of family members launched ‘The Amityville Horror,’ dies at 69," 17 Mar. 2021 Some of the places puddle ducks like best simply can’t be accessed with a regular outboard motor. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "6 Styles of Duck Boats (And How to Pick the Right One For You)," 14 Dec. 2020 Many areas will require a bigger duck boat with an outboard motor, and some spots can be accessed on foot. Ryan Chelius, Field & Stream, "9 Essential Pieces of Duck Hunting Gear for Beginners," 8 Dec. 2020 Navene Shata, 29 and vegan, is paddling over in her white unicorn float as Anthony kills the outboard motor. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Gator bites and bikinis: Jay’s Sandbar BBQ feeds hungry boaters aboard Fort Lauderdale’s only floating restaurant," 14 Oct. 2020 Most customers pedal for 15 minutes before giving way to the Suzuki outboard motor and settling in for a drink or socializing with friends. Washington Post, "A childhood friendship leads to a Potomac paddle boat partnership," 2 Oct. 2020 The basement also holds a wooden grocery push cart, several beer signs and beer promotional items and a Sea King 12-hp outboard motor. Barry Adams, Star Tribune, "Wisconsin man's eclectic collection goes up for auction," 8 Sep. 2020 One memorable award went to a boat captain who screamed past a marker buoy on the wrong side, shearing off the lower unit from his outboard motor on Lake of the Woods. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Old-school Waterdogs stick to the ways of their fishing club," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of outboard motor

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of outboard motor was in 1909

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10 Apr 2021

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“Outboard motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outboard%20motor. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of outboard motor

: a small engine that is attached to the back of a small boat

outboard motor

out·​board motor | \ ˈau̇t-ˌbȯrd- \

Kids Definition of outboard motor

: a small gasoline engine with an attached propeller that can be fastened to the back end of a small boat

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