speed·​boat | \ ˈspēd-ˌbōt How to pronounce speedboat (audio) \

Definition of speedboat

: a fast launch or motorboat

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speedboating \ ˈspēd-​ˌbō-​tiŋ How to pronounce speedboat (audio) \ noun

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Examples of speedboat in a Sentence

speedboats leaving wakes that cause damage to docked vessels and the shoreline
Recent Examples on the Web Without being told their destination, they were driven in a van with the windows blacked out for three hours across the Everglades to a fishing shack and then piled into a speedboat. Tony Perrottet, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Apr. 2021 In 2015, former president Abdulla Yameen escaped unharmed after an explosion on his speedboat, while a 2007 blast blamed on Islamist militants targeted foreign tourists and injured 12 people. Reuters, CNN, 6 May 2021 The lake is small and quiet, big enough for one speedboat/Jet Ski at a time. Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 There are more than a dozen cruise options available, including the Seadog speedboat thrill rides, all with extra COVID precautions and sanitation procedures. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 29 Apr. 2021 The Indians were made to climb onto a speedboat that took them to the supply vessel which the pirates had hijacked the night before. Saudamini Jain, CNN, 20 Mar. 2021 The unidentified passengers hopped onto a speedboat and raced off toward mainland waters, according to the news summary. Andy Meek, BGR, 8 Apr. 2021 In 1952, while going more than 200 miles per hour at Loch Ness in Scotland, Cobb’s speedboat broke up, killing him. oregonlive, 26 Mar. 2021 As the ship rounded the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passage off the coast of Iran, a speedboat that had been trailing in its wake accelerated, zipping alongside the freighter. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of speedboat

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of speedboat was in 1911

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4 Jun 2021

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“Speedboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedboat. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat that can go very fast


speed·​boat | \ ˈspēd-ˌbōt How to pronounce speedboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of speedboat

: a motorboat designed to go fast

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