pow·​er·​boat | \ ˈpau̇(-ə)r-ˌbōt \

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powerboater \ ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌbō-​tər \ noun
powerboating \ ˈpau̇(-​ə)r-​ˌbō-​tiŋ \ adjective

Synonyms for powerboat


motorboat, speedboat, stinkpot [slang]

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Examples of powerboat in a Sentence

his friend had a powerboat and took them out waterskiing

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Ed Karelsen created boats that were simply the perfect tool for the job they were designed for: to win powerboat races. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Championship hydroplane builder Ed Karelsen, 86, dies Saturday in Edmonds," 1 Jan. 2019 The upholstery on John Beauregard's powerboat was slashed, along with several of Shake-A-Leg's inflatable dinghies. Rebecca Ellis, miamiherald, "Shake-A-Leg's fleet mysteriously vandalized in the dead of night," 5 July 2018 The eastern fifth of the flowage is a voluntary quiet area, with more slow-boating fishermen and paddlers than the busier western side that sees more powerboats. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 places to camp along water in Wisconsin," 12 Apr. 2018 In 2017, sales of new powerboats in the Chicago area were up 4 percent, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Where have the boats gone from Monroe Harbor, rest of Chicago lakefront?," 5 July 2018 The study also recorded the highest PFD wear rate seen for adults in open powerboats. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Lake Travis death underscores importance of following boating safety measures," 24 May 2018 Another harbor tenant, Boat Rentals of American, can’t rent as many sailboats and powerboats, said assistant manager John Ratcliff. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Sand buildup at Oceanside harbor beginning to cause problems for boats," 24 June 2018 The stretch from the Highway 70 landing in Grantsburg to the dam at St. Croix Falls is one of the most popular, and powerboats will even putter upriver in the slower and wider river impoundment north of the dam. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "12 places to camp along water in Wisconsin," 12 Apr. 2018 The antique, a 1937 wooden powerboat, was scratched up and its upholstery torn, according to the nonprofit. Johnny Diaz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boats vandalized at Shake-A-Leg Miami non-profit," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of powerboat

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of powerboat was in 1830

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