wa·ter·craft | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkraft, 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 commission would offer input to the City Council on residential, recreational and commercial uses, including watercraft, in the area. Priscella Vega, latimes.com, "2 Huntington Beach Central Park restaurants can apply to sell alcohol," 8 May 2018 On the lake, personal watercraft, skiing and boarding are banned. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday drive to Pardee Reservoir," 1 Apr. 2018 Tabor said that in Glendale, oversized vehicles are prohibited from parking on a public street for more than two hours except for when loading or unloading the vehicle, including boats and personal watercraft. Matt Sanderson, latimes.com, "LCF City Council seeks feedback from Public Works on better regulating RV parking on streets," 10 July 2018 Other improvements could include installation of a fountain or light feature and providing simple watercraft to visitors. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Master Plan For A "Hidden" Manchester Park," 6 June 2018 On display is anything that can float and support a human — 36-foot cabin cruisers, sleek speedboats, inflatable dinghys, paddleboards, 400 watercraft in total. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "96,000 Square Feet of Boats: Hartford Boat Show Exhibits Latest In Maritime Craftsmanship and Ingenuity," 8 Feb. 2018 Lifeguards helped rescue a teenage boy from Lake Michigan after two personal watercrafts collided Wednesday near Whihala Beach in Whiting, officials said. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Teen severely injured in watercraft collision at Whiting beach," 21 June 2018 There’s a 10 mph speed limit and no wakeboarding, water skiing or personal watercraft allowed, so the lake feels like a step back in time, quiet, pretty and idyllic. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "High Sierra paradise for free (and for sale)," 21 June 2018 The university also is home to the Marine Hydrodynamics Lab, which houses a 360-foot-long indoor body of water used for testing robotic and conventional watercraft, and its Space Physics Research lab develops and tests robotics spacecraft. Mike Householder, Fox News, "University of Michigan's outdoor drone lab takes flight," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of watercraft

: a ship or boat

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