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 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 Humans love things that go fast: race cars, speedboats, and cheetahs. Kristina Lindborg, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hypersonic missiles may be unstoppable. Is society ready?," 31 Mar. 2020 The footage shows the Coast Guard vessel and an unmarked speedboat circling the dinghy. Sarah Almukhtar, New York Times, "‘We Are Like Animals’: Inside Greece’s Secret Site for Migrants," 10 Mar. 2020 In 2015, the group NextGen America, founded by 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer, towed an inflatable iceberg behind a speedboat on New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee. Samuel Ashworth, Washington Post, "The Beautiful Art of Hassling Politicians While Wearing Animal Costumes," 24 Feb. 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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30 May 2020

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“Speedboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speedboat. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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