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

Definition of rowboat

: a small boat designed to be rowed

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The Webb clan lived in a trailer the size of a rowboat, situated at the end of the runway at Sheppard Air Force Base. Longreads, "The Story of Country Music’s Great Songwriting Duo," 3 Sep. 2019 That was the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000-mile rowboat race from the Canary Islands to Antigua & Barbuda. al, "Veterans’ trans-Atlantic rowing team gets big send-off from Mobile," 28 Aug. 2019 Friday: Take out a rowboat for free in Van Cortlandt Park any time between 4:30 and 7 p.m. Max Falkowitz, New York Times, "Camping on Staten Island, an Outdoor Adventure Without Leaving N.Y.C.," 17 July 2019 The boats — small wooden rowboats and 22 larger vessels with motors — belonged to a few wealthy villagers who employed shift workers to go far out to sea. New York Times, "The Schoolteacher and the Genocide," 8 Aug. 2019 Our group fishes from kayaks, canoes and light rowboats. Bill May,, "May: Fishing in the summer shallows, Part 2," 20 July 2019 Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and other manually powered vessels operating between dusk and dawn must have on board a white all-around light, a sound signaling device, and a personal flotation device. Jeremy C. Fox,, "State Police outline security plan for the Fourth on the Esplanade," 1 July 2019 The lounge has actually been transformed into a 12-foot wide rowboat, and the bathroom continues the theme with paddles on the door and more seafaring flourishes. Dalton Ross,, "Get an exclusive first look at the new Big Brother house," 21 June 2019 To get in a rowboat in a winter storm at night has to take some sort of incredible bravery. Thomas Farragher,, "A piece of Maine’s maritime history gets a lifeline," 10 July 2019

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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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