row·​boat | \ˈrō-ˌbōt \

Definition of rowboat 

: a small boat designed to be rowed

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Nineteen crew members were killed, and civilians clambered aboard rowboats to rescue the survivors. Washington Post,, "Reinhard Hardegen, U-boat commander who menaced American shores, dies at 105," 19 June 2018 Monee Reservoir has pedal boats, canoes, kayaks, rowboats and trolling motors for rent, and the demand seems to be growing. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 Pedal boats are $10 per hour; rowboats are $7 per hour, $25 per half-day and $30 per day; kayaks and canoes are $7 per hour, $25 per half day and $30 per day. Trolling motor and battery available for $7 per hour. Paige Fumo Fox, Daily Southtown, "Ahoy, paddlers: Local lakes and rivers beckon," 13 June 2018 Firefighters battling the blaze at 5:30 a.m. Thursday couldn’t reach the dog, San Rafael police wrote on Facebook, so Ruggles commandeered a nearby rowboat at the San Rafael Yacht Harbor. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Cop commandeers rowboat to rescue dog from blazing sailboat at California marina," 11 June 2018 Richard Mboyo Iluka, vice governor of the remote Tshuapa province in the north of the country, told Radio Top Congo that the long rowboat sank late on Wednesday, Reuters reported Thursday. Jane Onyanga-omara, USA TODAY, "Scores dead after boat capsizes in Congo River," 25 May 2018 Rescuers used several different types of boats, including traditional rowboats and airboats powered by huge fans. David Hunn, Houston Chronicle, "Who’s buying Harvey-flooded homes in Houston? Mostly investors," 10 May 2018 After being sent to King’s Landing in a rowboat by Ser Davos back in Season 3, Gendry has been putting his blacksmith skills to work, ironically making swords for the Lannisters—the very people who killed his family. Chanel Vargas, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Game of Thrones Fans Are Furious About This Moment Between Jon Snow and Gendry," 15 Aug. 2017 There are flowers and kittens and snow angels and rowboats and handmade paper chains and maple syrup in mason jars. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Little Women for the Instagram Generation," 14 May 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

: a small boat that is moved through water using oars


row·​boat | \ˈrō-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of rowboat

: a boat made to be moved by oars

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