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 personal watercraft struck two men, who were thrown and sent underwater. Pamela Wood, baltimoresun.com, "Glen Burnie man charged with attempted murder after attacking group with personal watercraft on Magothy River, police said," 2 July 2018 For anglers, there can be nothing worse than sneaking up on a quiet cove and having a personal watercraft, wakeboarder or skier buzz the shoreline and destroy the bite. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunday drive to Pardee Reservoir," 1 Apr. 2018 The boat was carrying a total of 12 passengers at the time, including 10 Americans and two Bahamians on board, when the explosion rocked the watercraft. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "American tourist dead in Bahamas boat explosion, several others injured," 1 July 2018 Dozens of the show’s 130,000 Chinese corporate and government buyers expressed concern about the tensions and confidence about the quality of American products, from Dole Food Co. bananas to watercraft from Louisiana’s Metal Shark Boats. James T. Areddy, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade Tensions on Display at Shanghai Expo," 7 Nov. 2018 Most of the changes apply to the oncoming generation of nuclear technology that can be miniaturized and is potentially more susceptible to being militarized for power generation at far-flung outposts and for propulsion on watercraft. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "U.S. Strengthens Controls on Nuclear Technology Exports to China," 11 Oct. 2018 For overnight visits or watercraft rentals, visit the Lodge at Blues Lakes, 5135 W. Highway 20, Upper Lake; (707) 275-2181; www.thelodgeatbluelakes.com. San Francisco Chronicle, "22 reasons to wander Lake County now," 5 Apr. 2018 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

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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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