steam·boat | \ˈstēm-ˌbōt \

Definition of steamboat 

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

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What's better than two steamboats racing each other down the mighty Ohio River? Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Move over, Belles. There's a Duchess coming to Louisville's Great Steamboat Race.," 16 Mar. 2018 BB Riverboats, founded in 1979, is known for tours harkening back to an era of paddlewheel steamboats. Chris Mayhew,, "BB Riverboats new Ohio River cruise hub and bar arrives July 4," 3 July 2018 Visitors can learn about the steamboats that traveled the Trinity River by viewing a paddlewheel segment from the Black Cloud (ca. Community Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sam Houston Regional Library set to reopen June 9 after renovations," 24 May 2018 The Adventure Playground and Waterplay debuted in 2004 and features large play structures that look like a steamboat and a bridge, water cannons, and spray misters. Gabe Hauari, The Courier-Journal, "Outside Magazine loves our Waterfront Park. Here's why it's so awesome," 9 July 2018 The line ran from Providence to the steamboat wharf in Stonington in 1832. Peter Marteka,, "A Visit To Stonington's Seashore And Preserve Where Expansive Views And Connecticut History Are Showcased," 6 July 2018 Then, once nighttime rolls around, steamboats start setting off on fireworks cruises for an up-close and personal experience of the show. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "10 of the top Fourth of July firework displays across America," 4 July 2018 There, a steamboat chugs along beneath a cloudless azure sky. Christopher Knight,, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The town got its start on the river, a 13-mile-long tidal stream that once had regular steamboat service to San Francisco, like a kind of mini-Mississippi. Carl Nolte,, "Picturesque Petaluma perfect for sunny getaway," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of steamboat

1785, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of steamboat

: a boat that is powered by steam


steam·boat | \ˈstēm-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of steamboat

: a boat powered by steam

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