tugboat

noun

tug·​boat ˈtəg-ˌbōt How to pronounce tugboat (audio)
: a strongly built powerful boat used for towing and pushing

called also towboat

Examples of tugboat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That response included more than 2,000 people and subject matter experts, nearly two dozen tugboats, 13 floating cranes and 10 excavators, among other equipment. Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN, 10 June 2024 The tugboat in Texas was pushing bunker barges, which are fuel barges for ships, Flores said. Juan Lozano, Fortune, 16 May 2024 We were being ferried aboard the six-cabin MV Swell, a converted 88-foot wood tugboat built in 1912. Crai S. Bower, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Apr. 2023 At high tide around 0700 EST (1200 BST), five tugboats and several other vessels began moving the newly re-floated Dali 2.5 miles (4km) to a nearby marine terminal. Owen Bellwood / Jalopnik, Quartz, 21 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for tugboat 

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Word History

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tugboat was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Tugboat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tugboat. Accessed 24 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

tugboat

noun
tug·​boat ˈtəg-ˌbōt How to pronounce tugboat (audio)
: a strongly built powerful boat used for towing and pushing ships
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