tugboat

noun
tug·​boat | \ ˈtəg-ˌbōt How to pronounce tugboat (audio) \

Definition of tugboat

: a strongly built powerful boat used for towing and pushing

called also towboat

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The pilot was able to free himself from his restraints and was rescued by a nearby tugboat. Fox News, "Benjamin Netanyahu opens up about his history with America," 11 Mar. 2018 Shackleton later returned for his men in a tugboat and brought them all to safety, ensuring everyone's survival. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Antarctic Expedition Hopeful of Finding Ernest Shackleton's Long-Lost Research Vessel," 4 Feb. 2019 Two Philippine security officials told The Associated Press that tugboats were used to pull the BRP Gregorio del Pilar from the shallow fringes of Half Moon Shoal, which the Philippines calls Hasa Hasa. Christopher Bodeen, Fox News, "Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea," 10 Sep. 2018 Pictures show several tugboat-type ships standing by, plus an anchor-handling vessel investigating the sea bottom underneath the ship along with a Hugin 6000 autonomous unmannned undersea vehicle. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "That Wrecked Norwegian Frigate Is Pretty Much Toast," 13 Nov. 2018 Two Philippine security officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that tugboats were used to pull the BRP Gregorio del Pilar from the shallow fringes of Half Moon Shoal, which the Philippines calls Hasa Hasa, before midnight. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Philippines extricates warship from South China Sea shoal," 3 Sep. 2018 The sunken tugboat, named Natalie Jean, was carrying an estimated 600 gallons of fuel, the agency said. Emily Lane, NOLA.com, "'It went down very, very, very quickly,' witness says of tugboat that sank in Mississippi River," 12 Mar. 2018 Earlier Monday, the engine of a tugboat pushing six barges in the river caught fire near the Poland Avenue Wharf. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Shed fire at Lower 9th Ward wharf caused by vagrants: NOFD," 8 May 2018 Executive Director Nathan Howe told me that the Foss is a symbol of the northwest maritime industry and is believed to be the oldest floating tugboat in the world. Seattle Sketcher Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Times, "Meet the Seattle tugboat that made history across three centuries: the Arthur Foss," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of tugboat

1830, in the meaning defined above

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tugboat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tugboat

: a small, powerful boat that is used for pulling and pushing ships especially into harbors or up rivers

tugboat

noun
tug·​boat | \ ˈtəg-ˌbōt How to pronounce tugboat (audio) \

Kids Definition of tugboat

: a small powerful boat used for towing ships

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