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 Martinez goes fishing at 4 a.m. every day, chugging along waterways in a small boat with a 7-horsepower outboard motor. Palabra, oregonlive, 21 Mar. 2022 Many parties choose to bring an outboard motor for the final, flat section of the river where the water from Lake Mead has pushed upstream, burying former rapids, slowing the flow of the river. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, 30 June 2020 Motorcycle rickshaws then whisked us to a chaotic port on the Inírida River where our guide welcomed us aboard a 20-foot aluminum boat with an outboard motor. John Otis, WSJ, 3 Feb. 2022 Indeed, the e-boat is expected to start at $45,000 for the model with the single outboard motor and $60,000 for the version with twin outboard motors. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 11 Jan. 2022 Khosravani turned off his outboard motor once the woman was close to the boat, then leaned over and managed to hook his arms beneath her armpits and yank her onto the deck. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2021 Many of the maritime runs are made in pangas, rudimentary wooden fishing boats with an outboard motor that can pull up to beaches. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 After five years of development, the 2018 MassChallenge Boston alum is said to have completely reimagined the electric marine outboard motor from the bottom up. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Marlon Ashanga navigates his canoe, powered with a small outboard motor, along the Itaya River, an Amazon tributary defining his Belen neighborhood. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of outboard motor

1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Outboard motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outboard%20motor. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for outboard motor

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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