row·​boat | \ ˈrō-ˌbōt How to pronounce rowboat (audio) \

Definition of rowboat

: a small boat designed to be rowed

Examples of rowboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the evening of June 22, amid calm seas and a light southerly wind, Erden Eruç slid his rowboat into the water off Crescent City, becoming the 19th person this summer to embark on a voyage from California across the Pacific Ocean. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 July 2021 Take a rowboat out on the lake, do some fishing, play golf, or swim in the resort's heated outdoor pool, and end the day with a fireside sunset cocktail. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 13 July 2021 Once on the island, both cabins provide canoes, kayaks and a rowboat for day trips back to the mainland and tooling around the harbor. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 May 2021 Because what Net Zero 2050 would translate into is not just an energy transition, but an economic crash that will make the Titanic look like a rowboat leak. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Rothwell traversed the ocean in a 24-foot-long rowboat weighing half a ton. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 9 May 2021 Their favorite was the one about Bear’s uncle, a rakish handsome boy who had taken a village girl out on a rowboat one night, but the girl ended up mysteriously drowned. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 That is what French rower Gérard d’Aboville did during his crossing of the Pacific in 1991 onboard a rowboat. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2021 About fishing for perch and floating in a rowboat in the middle of the bay with a good book and a perpetual sunburn. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of rowboat

1502, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rowboat was in 1502

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24 Jul 2021

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“Rowboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rowboat

US : a small boat that is moved through water using oars


row·​boat | \ ˈrō-ˌbōt How to pronounce rowboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of rowboat

: a boat made to be moved by oars

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