riv·​er·​boat | \ ˈri-vər-ˌbōt \

Definition of riverboat

: a boat for use on a river

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And Twain, a one-time riverboat pilot, made nothing substantial, produced no commodities or goods, except his tales and observations. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Once the structures are built, by a construction vendor on a rolling seven-day-per-house schedule, a scenic vendor comes in to add the textures that make a heap of plywood look like a riverboat or a cornfield. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The High-Tech Horror Show: How the Unreal Haunted Houses at Universal Orlando Are Built," 27 Sep. 2018 Musk is a riverboat pilot in his own right, like Twain before him. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "In Defense of Elon Musk," 16 Oct. 2018 Under Viking River Cruises, the company's riverboats explore familiar waters like the Danube and Rhône in Europe, as well as faraway itineraries on the Volga in Russia, and the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cruise Lines in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Passengers of a paddle-wheel style riverboat looked on helplessly as the duck boat struggled through large waves and eventually took on water over the bow, a video of the incident showed. Alejandro Lazo, WSJ, "Passengers, Crew of Doomed Duck Boat Knew Bad Weather Was Coming," 21 July 2018 Others, like Huck Finn's dubious riverboat dauphin, count on the people around them to be ignorant of aristocratic mores and genealogical charts and awed by the idea of nobility. Sadie Stein, Town & Country, "Why Are Rich People So Easily Fooled?," 26 Feb. 2017 If allowed to move forward, the riverboat be located along the Tangipahoa River southwest of the intersection of Interstate 12 and Highway 445, just a few miles west of St. Tammany Parish. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "North Shore riverboat casino project suffers another defeat, appears dead," 25 Apr. 2018 The average riverboat has 1,471 gambling positions now and uses 27,843 square feet of gambling space, according to information provided by the state gaming control board. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "Governor will decide whether riverboat casinos get more gambling, move on land," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of riverboat

1565, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of riverboat was in 1565

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English Language Learners Definition of riverboat

: a boat that is used on a river

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