Definitions for boatboʊt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a vessel for transport by water, propelled by rowing, sails, or a motor.

    Category: Nautical

  2. a small ship, generally for specialized use:

    a fishing boat.

    Category: Nautical

  3. a boat-shaped serving dish:

    a gravy boat.

    Category: Ceramics

  4. (v.i.)to go in a boat.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  5. (v.t.)to transport or place in a boat.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

Idioms for boat:

  1. in the same boat, in similar difficult circumstances.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of boat:

bef. 900; ME boot, OE bāt; c. ON beit


Princeton's WordNet

  1. boat(noun)

    a small vessel for travel on water

  2. gravy boat, gravy holder, sauceboat, boat(verb)

    a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce

  3. boat(verb)

    ride in a boat on water

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. boat(noun)ˈoʊt

    a small vehicle for traveling on water

    We crossed the river by boat

  2. boatˈoʊt

    a large ship

    passengers getting on the boat


  1. boat(Noun)

    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.

  2. boat(Noun)

    A full house.

  3. boat(Noun)

    One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.

  4. boat(Verb)

    To travel by boat.

  5. Origin: From boot, bot, boet, boyt, from bat, from baitaz, from bheid-. Cognate with beit.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Boat(noun)

    a small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail

  2. Boat(noun)

    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. Boat(noun)

    a vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape; as, a stone boat; a gravy boat

  4. Boat(verb)

    to transport in a boat; as, to boat goods

  5. Boat(verb)

    to place in a boat; as, to boat oars

  6. Boat(verb)

    to go or row in a boat


  1. Boat

    A boat is a watercraft of any size designed to float or plane, to provide passage across water. Usually this water will be inland or in protected coastal areas. However, boats such as the whaleboat were designed to be operated from a ship in an offshore environment. In naval terms, a boat is a vessel small enough to be carried aboard another vessel. Another less restrictive definition is a vessel that can be lifted out of the water.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boat' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2081

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boat' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1210

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'boat' in Nouns Frequency: #637

Translations for boat

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a small vessel for travelling over water

We'll cross the stream by boat.

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