steam·​boat | \ ˈstēm-ˌbōt How to pronounce steamboat (audio) \

Definition of steamboat

: a boat driven by steam power specifically : a shallow-draft vessel used on inland waterways

Examples of steamboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From a 15,000-mile ocean race by steamboat to money woes to striking it rich, our two adventurers rarely have a dull moment. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 27 Mar. 2022 The ship's copper bell, smelted from 250 silver dollars to produce a pure tone, once graced another steamboat, the S.S. J.D. Ayers. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 4 May 2022 In 1926, the private Chesapeake Bridge Co. announced plans to construct a span from Miller and Hart islands to Tolchester on the upper Bay, which was then a popular summer steamboat resort and vacation destination. Frederick N. Rasmussen, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 Firefighters arrived to observe smoke pouring out of the steamboat. Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 4 May 2022 Lost amidst the many tragedies of that April was the worst maritime disaster in U.S. history: the destruction of the steamboat Sultana on the Mississippi River near Memphis on April 27, 1865. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 24 Apr. 2022 In the 1840s, tourists came to stay at an inn near the spring, bathe in its waters and take steamboat rides on the St. Johns River. Patrick Connolly,, 31 Dec. 2021 At the time, there were only around 36 of the aquatic mammals in Blue Spring State Park, a manatee refuge south of where the St. Johns River, one of the laziest in the world, widens out near the old steamboat town of Palatka, Florida. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Feb. 2022 Telling point in all of this: Meaher and the judge were so close that Meaher had named a steamboat after the judge long before the Clotilda voyage. al, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of steamboat

1785, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Steamboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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steam·​boat | \ ˈstēm-ˌbōt How to pronounce steamboat (audio) \

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: a boat powered by steam

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