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

Definition of towboat

1 : tugboat
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 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,, 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,, 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,, 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,, 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, 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of towboat

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Sep 2021

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“Towboat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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