steamboat

noun
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 park grew in popularity and added its steamboat to ferry guests to and from the park. Charles Infosino, Cincinnati.com, "So, what's Coney Island gonna be like with no rides?," 12 June 2020 From outside, through the loosely slapped-together boards of the frame building, came the hoots and howls of steamboat whistles. John Dos Passos, Harper's Magazine, "The Most Hated Nation," 30 Mar. 2020 From outside, through the loosely slapped-together boards of the frame building, came the hoots and howls of steamboat whistles. John Dos Passos, Harper's Magazine, "The Most Hated Nation," 30 Mar. 2020 From outside, through the loosely slapped-together boards of the frame building, came the hoots and howls of steamboat whistles. John Dos Passos, Harper's Magazine, "The Most Hated Nation," 30 Mar. 2020 The Colorado River once flowed with so much water that steamboats sailed on its wide, meandering stretches near the U.S.-Mexico border. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta," 19 Apr. 2020 This time, though, inspiration came on the front porch of an old house that once belonged to a steamboat captain, over a wine glass filled with fermented, effervescent tea that some of us would find … off-putting. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Did this Alabama woman write the song of our age?," 31 Mar. 2020 From outside, through the loosely slapped-together boards of the frame building, came the hoots and howls of steamboat whistles. John Dos Passos, Harper's Magazine, "The Most Hated Nation," 30 Mar. 2020 In 1920, there was a pandemic going on so many port cities would get the plague from infected rats on steamboats. Houston Chronicle, "100 years ago: Galveston ravaged by bubonic plague," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of steamboat

1785, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jun 2020

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“Steamboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/steamboat. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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steamboat

noun
How to pronounce steamboat (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of steamboat

: a boat that is powered by steam

steamboat

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

Kids Definition of steamboat

: a boat powered by steam

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