tow·​boat | \ ˈtō-ˌbōt How to pronounce towboat (audio) \

Definition of towboat

2 : a compact shallow-draft boat with a squared bow designed and fitted for pushing tows of barges on inland waterways

Examples of towboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next day, the ship limped into port with the aid of a towboat. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY's top 10 Travel stories of 2019: Hurricane, scorpion on plane, jetway births," 31 Dec. 2019 Delano oversees eight towboats and takes about 1,700 cases each year. Elena Shao,, "More boaters calling for a tow as Bay Area booms," 29 Sep. 2019 The American Waterways Operators, which represents the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry, filed the lawsuit last year against the US Coast Guard, part of a series of legal challenges that began in 2005 against the tugboat requirement. Joshua Miller,, "Healey, blasting oil barge industry, looks to protect Mass. tugboat escort law," 24 June 2019 Two towboats have guided the barge down the Mississippi River and are towing it up the Ohio River to its temporary construction site in Covington. Chris Mayhew,, "BB Riverboats new Ohio River cruise hub and bar arrives July 4," 3 July 2018 According to a statement from regional emergency officials, a barge being pulled by a towboat collided with a paddleboat carrying 16 people on a sightseeing tour. Fox News, "11 dead as boats collide in Russian city hosting World Cup," 13 June 2018 Twice a year, this towboat turns into a floating hotel and conference center to allow the public to vent to the seven people with power to chart the river's future. The Washington Post,, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 Not far from the mat-sinking unit, on a stifling summer day in Vicksburg, more than 100 people climbed aboard the nation's largest towboat, the M/V Mississippi, and took refuge in the air conditioning of the vessel's ornate meeting room. The Washington Post,, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 What the train’s passengers didn’t know was that minutes before the derailment, the towboat MV Mauvilla was lugging six barges loaded with coal and cement up the river to Birmingham. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "The deadliest bridge collapses in U.S. history," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of towboat

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Towboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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