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

Definition of rowboat

: a small boat designed to be rowed

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Under the age-old international law, the rum ships in the Atlantic and Pacific could anchor but three miles from shore and in plain sight of the coast sell their cargoes to motorboats and rowboats from land. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 Everything from oceangoing steamships to rowboats and from fleets of fast automobiles to airplanes was impressed into service. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 The Coast Guard dispatched a 47-foot motor lifeboat from the Barnegat Light Station and sent an urgent message to ships at sea to be on the lookout for the rowboat. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "Coast Guard rescues would-be trans-Atlantic rower off New Jersey coast," 5 June 2018 Another teenage tan was acquired with my mother in a rowboat on Lake Tahoe. Alison Rose, Town & Country, "Hot Pursuit," 16 Dec. 2012 After the 5,618-seat theater sells out, organizers add 150 more spectators in four-person rowboats, with two lifeguards for safety, to see Hope perform along with dancer Juliet Prowse. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "Puffins are a dwindling treasure in Cannon Beach, plus Costco fans try to #SaveThePolishDog | Thursday Morning Brief, July 12," 12 July 2018 Rod-and-reel rentals, bait and tackle are available at marina shop. Kayak/rowboat rentals: $27 for 1 hour, $38 for 2 hours, $44 for half day, $55 for day. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lake Chabot’s magic coronation of spring," 29 Mar. 2018 One afternoon late this spring a neighbor texted me a video of a thick maple that had come down during winter and crushed his aluminum rowboat. Popular Mechanics, "When Storms Fell the Trees, Father and Son Make the Most of the Mess," 13 Oct. 2018 On May 24, 1869, at one o’clock in the afternoon, John Wesley Powell and his nine crew members slipped their rowboats into the gentle current of the Green River, in southwestern Wyoming. Gerard Helferich, WSJ, "Book Review: The Perils of a Pathfinder," 19 July 2018

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First Known Use of rowboat

1502, in the meaning defined above

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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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