wa·​ter·​craft | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkraft How to pronounce watercraft (audio) , ˈwä- \

Definition of watercraft

1 : skill in aquatic activities (such as managing boats)
2a : ship, boat
b : craft for water transport

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Examples of watercraft in a Sentence

just about any kind of watercraft can be seen on the lake during the summer
Recent Examples on the Web Although the DuPage River is private, multiple governmental bodies have constructed access points along the river for the public to launch non-motorized watercraft, such as kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, and inflatable rafts and tubes. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 28 July 2021 Amid a spat last summer between Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and County Commissioner Trish DeBerry over Salazar’s request for a rescue boat, Black Rifle donated funds for the watercraft. Madison Iszler, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Nov. 2021 Flatwater lakes and open oceans call for very different watercraft. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 29 May 2021 Again there’s no boat or watercraft for every occasion. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 12 Sep. 2021 Shallow-draft personal watercraft can operate closer to shore than most boats and can operate directly from beaches. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 5 May 2021 People operating personal watercraft such as jet skis are also required to wear a life jacket, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 15 May 2021 Wofford confirmed that a scope appears to have been added to the rifle hidden in the watercraft, but could not say whether any additional modifications had been made. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 16 Sep. 2021 The hotel has three custom Riva boats at guests' disposal, as well as two Jettos and Urquiola's take on a Vaporina del Lago, the classic Lake Como watercraft. Devorah Lev-tov, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of watercraft

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watercraft was in 1566

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24 Nov 2021

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“Watercraft.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercraft. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of watercraft

: a ship or boat

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