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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Recent Examples on the Web But their needs for cash, for buying everything from outboard motors to music downloads for flip phones, is increasing. Daniel Grossman, Scientific American, "Peru’s Peatlands Could Greatly Accelerate Global Warming," 5 Feb. 2020 Carlos and Willy sat in the stern, next to the outboard motor. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "The Bird Angle," 28 Oct. 2019 The boat was a 33-foot Protector Targa, a speed boat with an outboard motor. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Father arrested after his 11-year-old son is killed in boat accident near Angel Island," 16 Sep. 2019 About an hour into the journey, the outboard motor on their 20-foot fishing boat groaned and died. Jack Healy, New York Times, "They Rode Out Dorian in the Outer Banks. Now Comes the Hard Part.," 8 Sep. 2019 Aloha's tiki boats are essentially floating platforms powered by a 30-horsepower outboard motor. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tiki boats could be start of untapped business opportunity on Detroit River," 22 Aug. 2019 The small craft with an outboard motor was reported capsized a little after 8 p.m. north of the Imperial Beach Pier, in the surf off Daisy Avenue near Dunes Park, Deputy Christopher Allen told OnScene TV. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Suspected smuggling boat capsizes off Imperial Beach," 6 Aug. 2019 After a few hours in the water, the outboard motor stalled, and the raft began to sink. Matthew Wolfe, Harper's magazine, "Without a Trace," 10 Feb. 2019 According to HI Sutton, author of the Covert Shores web site, the ship had been stripped of its outboard motors and navigation equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Colombian Drug Smugglers Built This Stealthy, Special Forces-Inspired Boat," 13 June 2017

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Outboard motor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outboard%20motor. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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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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