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 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 Boaters can receive their first decontamination for free from state officials in Denver, and then pay Boulder for their second decontamination at rates that vary from $35 to $175 depending on the size of the watercraft. Sam Lounsberry, The Denver Post, "Boating policies, inspections keep invasive mussels at bay in Boulder, Broomfield counties," 22 July 2019 Authorities are searching for a boater who fell out of his watercraft on Lake Erie on Saturday night and has not been found. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Monroe County authorities search for missing boater on Lake Erie," 21 July 2019 Once the man and his watercraft were safely aboard the freighter, the Coast Guard stood down, Haraf said. Adelie Bergstrom, Twin Cities, "Man rescued after he attempted to ride Jet Ski to Isle Royale," 16 July 2019 In the latest incident, officials said rescuers received a 911 call early Wednesday indicating the couple had gone missing on personal watercraft on the South River. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Husband, wife from Virginia die in personal water craft accident in Maryland," 3 July 2019

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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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