Pronunciation 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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0147 ↗:
      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.
  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. (AU, politics, informal) The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

boat (boats, present participle boating; 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

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