Definitions of watercraft
  1. noun
    a craft designed for water transportation
    synonyms: vessel
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    an ironclad vessel built by the Confederate forces in the hope of breaking the blockade imposed by the North
    an ironclad vessel built by Federal forces to do battle with the Merrimac
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    a vessel (such as a yacht) that can be chartered without a captain or crew or provisions
    a small vessel for travel on water
    fishing boat, fishing smack, fishing vessel
    a vessel for fishing; often has a well to keep the catch alive
    (classical antiquity) a crescent-shaped seagoing vessel propelled by oars
    a large medieval vessel with a single deck propelled by sails and oars with guns at stern and prow; a complement of 1,000 men; used mainly in the Mediterranean for war and trading
    ice yacht, iceboat, scooter
    a sailing vessel with runners and a cross-shaped frame; suitable for traveling over ice
    patrol boat, patrol ship
    a vessel assigned to patrol an area
    sailing ship, sailing vessel
    a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
    a vessel that carries passengers or freight
    a vessel engaged in shrimping
    weather ship
    an oceangoing vessel equipped to make meteorological observations
    racing yacht, yacht
    an expensive vessel propelled by sail or power and used for cruising or racing
    abandoned ship, derelict
    a ship abandoned on the high seas
    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)
    bark, barque
    a sailing ship with 3 (or more) masts
    a ship that runs through or around a naval blockade
    two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on both masts
    brigantine, hermaphrodite brig
    two-masted sailing vessel square-rigged on the foremast and fore-and-aft rigged on the mainmast
    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
    cargo ship, cargo vessel
    a ship designed to carry cargo
    clipper, clipper ship
    a fast sailing ship used in former times
    a sailing vessel with a single mast set further back than the mast of a sloop
    a lateen-rigged sailing vessel used in the Indian Ocean
    a fast narrow sailing ship of the Mediterranean
    ferry, ferryboat
    a boat that transports people or vehicles across a body of water and operates on a regular schedule
    a boat equipped to fight fires on ships or along a waterfront
    the ship that carries the commander of a fleet and flies his flag
    sailing vessel with a fore-and-aft rig
    a large square-rigged sailing ship with three or more masts; used by the Spanish for commerce and war from the 15th to 18th centuries
    gas-turbine ship
    a ship powered by a gas turbine
    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
    a small shallow-draft boat carrying mounted guns; used by costal patrols
    hospital ship
    a ship built to serve as a hospital; used for wounded in wartime
    a ship that has been wrecked and abandoned
    iceboat, icebreaker
    a ship with a reinforced bow to break up ice and keep channels open for navigation
    a large sailing ship that was engaged in the British trade with India
    any of various Chinese boats with a high poop and lugsails
    a sailing vessel with two masts; the mizzen is forward of the rudderpost
    a ship equipped like a lighthouse and anchored where a permanent lighthouse would be impracticable
    the largest boat carried by a merchant sailing vessel
    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
    ship equipped for laying marine mines
    ship equipped to detect and then destroy or neutralize or remove marine mines
    motorboat, powerboat
    a boat propelled by an internal-combustion engine
    nuclear-powered ship
    ship whose motive power comes from the energy of a nuclear reactor
    passenger ship
    a ship built to carry passengers
    pilot boat
    a boat to carry pilots to and from large ships
    pirate, pirate ship
    a ship that is manned by pirates
    police boat
    a boat used by harbor police
    an open flat-bottomed boat used in shallow waters and propelled by a long pole
    a sailing vessel with a specified rig
    river boat
    a boat used on rivers or to ply a river
    sailboat, sailing boat
    a small sailing vessel; usually with a single mast
    school ship, training ship
    a ship used to train students as sailors
    sailing vessel used in former times
    any of various flat-bottomed boats with sloping ends
    sea boat
    a boat that is seaworthy; that is adapted to the open seas
    a wrecked ship (or a part of one)
    sister ship
    a ship that is one of two or more similar ships built at the same time
    slave ship
    a ship used to transport slaves from their homes to places of bondage
    a sailing vessel with a single mast set about one third of the boat's length aft of the bow
    a sailing ship (usually rigged like a sloop or cutter) used in fishing and sailing along the coast
    small boat
    a boat that is small
    small ship
    a ship that is small
    a square-rigged sailing ship
    a boat propelled by a steam engine
    steamer, steamship
    a ship powered by one or more steam engines
    a boat that can be launched or landed in heavy surf
    supply ship, tender
    ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
    cutter, pinnace, ship's boat, tender
    a boat for communication between ship and shore
    any ship having three decks
    transport ship
    a ship for carrying soldiers or military equipment
    dragger, trawler
    a fishing boat that uses a trawl net or dragnet to catch fish
    treasure ship
    a 16th-century ship loaded with treasure
    ancient Greek or Roman galley or warship having three tiers of oars on each side
    ship for transporting troops
    towboat, tower, tug, tugboat
    a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
    combat ship, war vessel, warship
    a government ship that is available for waging war
    whaler, whaling ship
    a ship engaged in whale fishing
    a large sailing ship
    a ship that has been destroyed at sea
    dandy, yawl
    a sailing vessel with two masts; a small mizzen is aft of the rudderpost
    a small, light ship with lateen sails and two to four masts; used by Spanish and Portuguese sailors in the 15th and 16th centuries
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    a vehicle designed for navigation in or on water or air or through outer space
  2. noun
    skill in the management of boats
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    craft, craftsmanship, workmanship
    skill in an occupation or trade
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