Definition of tugboat
: a strongly built powerful boat used for towing and pushing —called also towboat
Recent Examples of tugboat from the Web
The Arthur Foss is a revered piece of Pacific Northwest history: Launched the year Washington became a state, the tugboat was built in Portland to move ships on the Columbia River.
The ship was last seen near the pier, flanked by the two tugboats that helped it return from the site of the collision off the eastern coast of Japan.
The USS Dewey, another destroyer, and two naval tugboats were at the scene.
Dekraai, a former tugboat captain, has pleaded guilty to murdering his ex-wife and the seven other victims in the salon shooting.
Charles Kelley, a father to one son, was a tugboat captain for the last two decades in the New Orleans metro area, his sister said.
Mills was rescued by a tugboat and then transferred to another ship.
At 8:46 a.m., the sailors manned Nimitz’s rails; 28 minutes later, tugboats yanked and prodded the carrier away from the pier and into San Diego Bay, freeing the carrier for its short voyage to the museum ship Midway.
Amid great fanfare, streamers, and a champagne bottle broken across the bow, six tugboats tugged the enormous ship out of drydock and into the waters off the coast of Dalian.
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First Known Use of tugboat
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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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Definition of tugboat for Students
: a small powerful boat used for towing ships
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