tugboat

noun tug·boat \ ˈtəg-ˌbōt \
Updated on: 10 Apr 2018

Definition of tugboat

: a strongly built powerful boat used for towing and pushing called also towboat

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First Known Use of tugboat

1830

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TUGBOAT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of tugboat for English Language Learners

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


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tugboat

noun tug·boat \ ˈtəg-ˌbōt \

Definition of tugboat for Students

: a small powerful boat used for towing ships


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