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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Synonyms for watercraft


boat, bottom, craft, vessel

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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

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The selfless efforts of Burrows and his friends to save others on their personal watercraft have been featured on CNN and MSNBC. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville high school grad rescued Hurricane Dorian victims in the Bahamas on watercraft," 5 Sep. 2019 Boaters should also avoid operating watercraft while impaired and ensure vessels are equipped to be taken on the water at night if used after sunset. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Husband, wife from Virginia die in personal water craft accident in Maryland," 3 July 2019 Until 2018, California had no specific certification or license requirement for recreational operators of motorized watercraft. Los Angeles Times, "Rethinking a boat trip after this week’s fire? Here are questions to ask," 6 Sep. 2019 Water fans who like the loud, fast thrills of water skis or the roar and spray of personal watercraft should look to a nearby all-sports spot like Cass or Orchard lakes. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Large West Bloomfield lake home has everything, including your own boat," 24 Aug. 2019 The current caused the watercraft to also overturn at some point, but no one was injured. oregonlive, "Vancouver woman missing after float tube overturns on Willamette River in Polk County," 1 Sep. 2019 There are different age limits for various types of watercraft. Grace Connatser, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Can you drink beer and boat in Wisconsin? 5 things you need to know about the law.," 1 July 2019 Property owners will have until at least Sept. 16 to remove their watercraft from the lakes. San Antonio Express-News, "Lakefront landowners left high and dry," 15 Aug. 2019 According to monthly reports provided by the Sheriff’s Office to the Lake Conway Water and Navigation Control District Advisory Board, the marine unit issued 78 citations and 128 warnings to riders of personal watercraft from April 1 to June 30. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, "Belle Isle looks to clamp down on wild Jet Skis on Conway lakes," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of watercraft

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of watercraft

: a ship or boat

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