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Webster 1913 Edition


Boat

Boat

(bōt)
,
Noun.
[OE.
boot
,
bat
, AS.
bāt
; akin to Icel.
bātr
, Sw.
båt
, Dan.
baad
, D. & G.
boot
. Cf.
Bateau
.]
1.
A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail.
☞ Different kinds of boats have different names; as, canoe, yawl, wherry, pinnace, punt, etc.
2.
Hence, any vessel; usually with some epithet descriptive of its use or mode of propulsion;
as, pilot
boat
, packet
boat
, passage
boat
, advice
boat
, etc.
The term is sometimes applied to steam vessels, even of the largest class;
as, the Cunard
boats
.
3.
A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape;
as, a stone
boat
; a gravy
boat
.
Boat is much used either adjectively or in combination; as, boat builder or boatbuilder; boat building or boatbuilding; boat hook or boathook; boathouse; boat keeper or boatkeeper; boat load; boat race; boat racing; boat rowing; boat song; boatlike; boat-shaped.
Advice boat
.
See under
Advice
.
Boat hook
(Naut.)
,
an iron hook with a point on the back, fixed to a long pole, to pull or push a boat, raft, log, etc.
Totten.
Boat rope
,
a rope for fastening a boat; – usually called a
painter
.
In the same boat
,
in the same situation or predicament.
[Colloq.]
F. W. Newman.

Boat

(bōt)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Boated
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Boating
.]
1.
To transport in a boat;
as, to
boat
goods
.
2.
To place in a boat;
as, to
boat
oars
.
To boat the oars
.
See under
Oar
.

Boat

,
Verb.
I.
To go or row in a boat.
I
boated
over, ran my craft aground.
Tennyson.

Webster 1828 Edition


Boat

BOAT

,
Noun.
1.
A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by oars, or rowing. The forms, dimensions and uses of boats are very various, and some of them carry a light sail. The different kinds of boats have different names, as, long-boat,lanch, barge, pinnace,jolly-boat, cutter, yawl, ferry-boat, wherry, Moses-boat, punt, felucca, fishing-boat,perogue, &c.
2.
A small vessel carrying a mast and sails; but usually described by another word, as a packet-boat, passage-boat, advice-boat. &c.

BOAT

,
Verb.
T.
To transport in a boat; as, to boat goods across a lake.

Definition 2022


boat

boat

English

A boat kept on land

Noun

boat (plural boats)

  1. A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, []. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Philander went into the next room [] and came back with a salt mackerel [] . Next he put the mackerel in a fry-pan, and the shanty began to smell like a Banks boat just in from a v'yage.
    • 2013 August 3, Yesterday’s fuel”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
      The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices).
  2. (poker slang) A full house.
  3. A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape.
    a stone boat; a gravy boat
  4. (chemistry) One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
  5. (Australia, politics, informal) The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.

Usage notes

There is no explicit limit, but the word boat usually refers to a relatively small watercraft, smaller than a ship but larger than a dinghy. It is also the normal designation for a submarine (however large), and also for lakers (ships used in the Great Lakes trade in North America).

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See also

  • Category:Watercraft

References

Verb

boat (third-person singular simple present boats, present participle boating, simple past and past participle boated)

  1. (intransitive) To travel by boat.
  2. (transitive) To transport in a boat.
    to boat goods
  3. (transitive) To place in a boat.
    to boat oars

Translations

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: due · Henry · society · #797: boat · heaven · v. · difficult

Anagrams


Finnish

Noun

boat

  1. plural of boa

Anagrams


Latin

Verb

boat

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of boō

Malay

Etymology

From Proto-Malayic *buat, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *buhat.

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /buat/
  • Rhymes: -uat, -wat, -at

Verb

boat (1701, used in the form berboat)

  1. Obsolete form of buat.

West Frisian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /boət/

Noun

boat n (pl boaten)

  1. boat