outboard motor


Definition of outboard motor 

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

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Freighter-style canoes with outboard motors drifted adjacent to the dock. Brian Irwin, BostonGlobe.com, "Turn-of-the-century sporting camp offers relaxation, fly fishing," 11 July 2018 One raised his head from the water and bit a corner of the outboard motor almost delicately. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "Susan Casey on Seeing Her First Great White Shark," 11 July 2018 This Poseidon of prop-spinners—under a carbon-fiber cowling pinstriped with LED lightbars—is currently the world’s most powerful production outboard motor. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Skip the Seasickness: How Boats Are Getting More Tech-Savvy," 28 June 2018 Our driver steers with a growling outboard motor through searing midday light toward Laguna del Tesoro, or Treasure Lagoon. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Panga boats are fishing vessels that tend to be about 20 feet long and often are powered by outboard motors. Sonali Kohli, latimes.com, "Fishing boat comes ashore at Crystal Cove; 4 men found as authorities search for other possible occupants," 19 June 2018 The project was funded by the Sport Fish Restoration Program, according to ADCNR, which is supported through excise taxes on the sale of outboard motor fuel, fishing equipment, and the sale of state fishing licenses. Matt Zenitz, AL.com, "Alabama softball falls in both games of doubleheader," 22 Apr. 2018 Power options range from a single 350-horsepower outboard motor to twin 350s, which produce a top speed of 70 mph for the 28-foot center console. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "South Florida’s boatmakers hope to ride wave of prosperity," 11 Feb. 2018 Two lower units were stolen from Yamaha 250-horsepower outboard motors on a vessel parked at a residence. Sun-Sentinel.com, "CRIME," 12 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of outboard motor

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

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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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