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 speedboating (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 Not all of the British entrepreneur’s capers go off without a hitch, however: he was once rescued by an RAF helicopter when his speedboat capsized while attempting a record-breaking Atlantic crossing. The Economist, "Virgin looks for help," 13 June 2020 Although those accommodations might sound more comfortable than the bamboo shacks where most refugees live in the camps, Rohingya leaders are worried about health and safety on the island, which is three hours by speedboat from the mainland. Los Angeles Times, "Will thousands of Rohingya refugees be sent to a remote island?," 23 Jan. 2020 Just after dawn on July 3, 1988, the USS Vincennes sent a helicopter to hover over Iranian speedboats the Navy described as harassing commercial ships. Washington Post, "Crash may be grim echo of US downing of Iran flight in 1988," 10 Jan. 2020 In mid-April, Iranian speedboats swarmed U.S. warships, North Korea fired a barrage of missiles and a Russian jet buzzed a U.S. surveillance plane. USA TODAY, "The real price of meat," 22 Apr. 2020 Before dawn on Sunday, officials say the first attack started on a beach near Venezuela's port city of La Guaira, when security forces made the first two arrests and killed eight others attempting to make a landing by speedboats. Scott Smith, Anchorage Daily News, "Venezuela says 2 Americans captured in failed invasion attempt," 5 May 2020 In a training scenario in January, a crew aboard the USS Tempest, a 170-personnel craft, practiced how to respond to a harassing speedboat in the Persian Gulf. Missy Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump instructs the Navy to ‘shoot down and destroy’ Iranian gunboats that ‘harass’ US ships," 22 Apr. 2020 After making out for a bit during a speedboat ride, Kim and Alex have a get-to-know-you chat in the limo on the way to her parents’ house. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "The Bachelor episode 4 rewatch: Alex meets the parents," 6 Apr. 2020 The couple considered taking the hour-and-a-half speedboat ride to the main island and trying their luck at the airport. David Zweig, New York Times, "They Were the Last Couple in Paradise. Now Their Resort Life Continues.," 5 Apr. 2020

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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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27 Jun 2020

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“Speedboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedboat. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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