boat

A boat is a water craft, a vessel that floats and can be propelled through the water. If you buy a private island, you'll need a boat to get there.

A lobster boat travels across ocean bays powered by a small motor, and a sail boat is moved by the wind hitting its sails at a particular angle. A much smaller type of boat is a gravy boat, a boat-shaped serving dish that holds a sauce. Boat is sometimes used as a verb, meaning "to go out in a boat." The Old English root is bat, "ship or vessel," from a Germanic source.

Primary Meanings of boat

1.
nv
a small vessel for travel on water
ride in a boat on water
2.
n
a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce
Full Definitions of boat
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n a small vessel for travel on water

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ark
a boat built by Noah to save his family and animals from the flood
barge, flatboat, hoy, lighter
a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
bumboat
a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor
canal boat, narrow boat, narrowboat
a long boat that carries freight and is narrow enough to be used in canals
ferry, ferryboat
a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule
fireboat
a boat equipped to fight fires on ships or along a waterfront
gondola
long narrow flat-bottomed boat propelled by sculling; traditionally used on canals of Venice
guard boat
a boat that is on guard duty (as in a harbor) around a fleet of warships
gunboat
a small shallow-draft boat carrying mounted guns; used by costal patrols
junk
any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails
longboat
the largest boat carried by a merchant sailing vessel
lugger
small fishing boat rigged with one or more lugsails
Mackinaw boat, mackinaw
a flat-bottomed boat used on upper Great Lakes
mail boat, mailboat, packet, packet boat
a boat for carrying mail
motorboat, powerboat
a boat propelled by an internal-combustion engine
pilot boat
a boat to carry pilots to and from large ships
police boat
a boat used by harbor police
punt
an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole
river boat
a boat used on rivers or to ply a river
scow
any of various flat-bottomed boats with sloping ends
sea boat
a boat that is seaworthy; that is adapted to the open seas
small boat
a boat that is small
steamboat
a boat propelled by a steam engine
surfboat
a boat that can be launched or landed in heavy surf
cutter, pinnace, ship's boat, tender
a boat for communication between ship and shore
towboat, tower, tug, tugboat
a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
cabin cruiser, cruiser, pleasure boat, pleasure craft
a large motorboat that has a cabin and plumbing and other conveniences necessary for living on board
canoe
small and light boat; pointed at both ends; propelled with a paddle
car-ferry
a ferry that transports motor vehicles
cockleshell
a small light flimsy boat
coracle
a small rounded boat made of hides stretched over a wicker frame; still used in some parts of Great Britain
dinghy, dory, rowboat
a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled
dredger
a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging
gig
tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
gig
long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
houseboat
a barge that is designed and equipped for use as a dwelling
keelboat
river boat with a shallow draught and a keel but no sails; used to carry freight; moved by rowing or punting or towing
launch
a motorboat with an open deck or a half deck
lifeboat
a strong sea boat designed to rescue people from a sinking ship
outboard, outboard motorboat
a motorboat with an outboard motor
pontoon
(nautical) a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge
racing boat
a boat propelled by oarsmen and designed for racing
scow
a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold
showboat
a river steamboat on which theatrical performances could be given (especially on the Mississippi River)
skiff
any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
speedboat
a fast motorboat
scooter, sea scooter, water scooter
a motorboat resembling a motor scooter
whaleboat
a long narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas
Norfolk wherry, wherry
sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
yawl
a ship's small boat (usually rowed by 4 or 6 oars)
Type of:
vessel, watercraft
a craft designed for water transportation

v ride in a boat on water

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motorboat
ride in a motorboat
yacht
travel in a yacht
sail
travel on water propelled by wind
row
propel with oars
canoe
travel by canoe
kayak
travel in a small canoe
paddle
propel with a paddle
stroke
row at a particular rate
feather, square
turn the oar, while rowing
feather, square
turn the paddle; in canoeing
run
sail before the wind
luff, point
sail close to the wind
weather
sail to the windward of
beat
sail with much tacking or with difficulty
rack, scud
run before a gale
outpoint
sail closer to the wind than
tack, wear round
turn into the wind
wear ship
turn away from the wind
change course, gybe, jib, jibe
shift from one side of the ship to the other
pull
operate when rowing a boat
scull
propel with sculls
Type of:
ride
be carried or travel on or in a vehicle
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n a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce

Synonyms:
gravy boat, gravy holder, sauceboat
Types:
argyle, argyll
a covered gravy holder of silver or other metal containing a detachable central vessel for hot water to keep the gravy warm
Type of:
dish
a piece of dishware normally used as a container for holding or serving food

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