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 The steamboat, which is the primary means of transport for the novel’s characters in the first leg of their journey, is featured on the cap of each edition. Nancy Olson, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The majority of the alumni tours originally planned for this year have been pushed out to 2022, but there's been a significant number of inquiries about the trips that are still on the books, including a Mississippi River steamboat cruise in June. Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Ford accompanied Woods on several of his travels, serving as a steward on both a cotton boat and then a passenger steamboat on the Mississippi river, always living in miserable conditions. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 8 May 2021 However, passengers were still elated that the hometown steamboat pulled out the victory. Sam Upshaw Jr., The Courier-Journal, 29 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, a steamboat has arrived from Cairo carrying a young Egyptologist intent on finding the secret source of the antiquities being sold on the market (he is based on Ahmed Kamal). Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 In the late 1800s, the area was a hotbed of steamboat activity, drawing tourists and transporting goods to Jacksonville and beyond. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 31 Dec. 2020 One of the ways the couple incorporated the iconic steamboat features into their home was with a grand staircase. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 11 Mar. 2021 The 39 architecturally historic structures that make up the museum, meanwhile, include barns, a lighthouse, a jail, a general store, and a steamboat. Alyssa Giacobbe,, 4 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of steamboat

1785, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2021

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“Steamboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of steamboat

: a boat that is powered by steam


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

Kids Definition of steamboat

: a boat powered by steam

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