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

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Then head to River Inn, a boutique hotel at the bend of the river known as Drinker’s Landing, site of the first steamboat tours of the Upper Dells. Travel Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Visit the Wisconsin Dells for an overnight adventure," 14 July 2019 Inside the seating bowl, Harlow points above the outfield where a replica steamboat shoots fireworks from its smokestacks when the Reds hit a home run. Katherine Rodeghier,, "From scandals to milestones, an expanded museum and tours celebrate 150 years of baseball in Cincinnati," 12 June 2019 During the late 1800s, shipyards sprang up on the shore, and steamboats began moving people across the lake, according to HistoryLink. Colin Diltz, The Seattle Times, "Before floating bridges, Lake Washington had a ferry fleet," 6 June 2019 The early programming was mostly steamboat excursions and trolley rides. Emily Brindley,, "Camp Courant begins 125th year of free summer camp for Hartford kids," 24 June 2019 This was back when cotton was king, when steamboats plied the muddy waters and when most women considered the river a man's realm. Mike Scott,, "‘Voodoo City,’ Episode 9: Meet Annie Christmas, New Orleans’ answer to Paul Bunyan," 19 June 2019 An early corporate homicide case arose in 1904, when a steamboat fire on the East River in New York killed 900 passengers. Bob Egelko,, "Criminal charges against PG&E could send message in Northern California wildfires," 10 June 2019 In one year the number of steamboats operating in New York waters rose from six to 43, while fares fell by 40%. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "The United States of Free Trade," 21 Sep. 2018 Spanish-looking relics like pipes and models of classic cars and steamboats line the window sills. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 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 How to pronounce steamboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of steamboat

: a boat powered by steam

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