towboat

noun

tow·​boat ˈtō-ˌbōt How to pronounce towboat (audio)
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: 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 railroad bridge became misaligned due to a hit from barges being transported by a towboat called Mauvilla. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 Eighteen of those collapses happened in the U.S. These include when barges being pushed by a towboat in dense fog hit and displaced the Big Bayou Canot railroad bridge near Mobile, Alabama. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 In 1993 a towboat struck a rail bridge in Alabama on a foggy September morning and threw the train tracks out of alignment on the Big Bayou Canot Bridge. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2024 The towboat pushing the barge had made a wrong turn on the Mobile River and entered the Big Bayou Canot. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2024 Once ice on the lake is less than a foot thick, a towboat and barge can break through. Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 In some spots, towboats could not reach granary ports. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 In a normal year, a 10,000-horsepower towboat on portions of the lower Mississippi might push as many as 42 barges at once. USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 Especially when Christian was on the towboat. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 4 Sep. 2021

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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 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

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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