towboat

noun

tow·​boat ˈtō-ˌbōt How to pronounce towboat (audio)
1
2
: a compact shallow-draft boat with a squared bow designed and fitted for pushing tows of barges on inland waterways

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Today’s ferry is a three-car barge named the Hollister III pulled by a diesel towboat named the Cumberland. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 25 Sep. 2022 As Clemente captains the towboat, Salvatore Carta helps guide passengers and cars onboard the barge. Stephen Underwood, Hartford Courant, 25 Sep. 2022 Coast Guard teams have now found five bodies in all after one survivor was found on Tuesday by a passing towboat in the area. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 29 Jan. 2022 Christian's mother Rae Andreacchio described her son as a hard worker who was on the verge of becoming one of the youngest towboat captains on the Mississippi and facing a long, successful career. Emily Wichick, CBS News, 8 Jan. 2021 But a new electric towboat nods toward a future that is both cleaner and more fun. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 July 2021 The lawsuit cites the defendants as Material Service Corp. of Chicago, also known as Hanson Material Service Corp., its parent companies and the then-captain of the inland river towboat Kiowa. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, 1 July 2021 The next day, the ship limped into port with the aid of a towboat. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2019 Delano oversees eight towboats and takes about 1,700 cases each year. Elena Shao, SFChronicle.com, 29 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of towboat was in 1815

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“Towboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/towboat. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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towboat

noun

tow·​boat ˈtō-ˌbōt How to pronounce towboat (audio)
1
2
: a compact shallow-draft boat for pushing barges on inland waterways

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