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  1. boat
  2. noun

    • 1. a small vessel propelled on water by oars, sails, or an engine:

      a fishing boat a boat trip
    • 2. (in general use) a ship of any size:

      those newly arriving here by boat or plane
    • 3. a serving dish in the shape of a boat:

      a gravy boat


    • 1. travel or go in a boat for pleasure:

      they boated through fjords she likes to go boating
    • 2. transport (someone or something) in a boat in a specified direction:

      they boated the timber down the lake
    • 3. (of an angler) bring a caught fish into a boat:

      he boated a 2 lb 14oz Dover sole
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: boat, plural noun: boats

    • noun

      a small vessel for travelling over water, propelled by oars, sails, or an engine:

      a vessel of any size, especially a large one:

    • verb

      travel in a boat for pleasure:

      transport (someone or something) in a boat:

    • noun

      a bridge formed by mooring boats side by side across a river.
    • noun

      a large seaplane that lands with its fuselage in the water.
    • noun

      a small boat propelled by use of oars; a rowboat.
    • noun

      a German submarine used in World War I or World War II.
    • noun

      a German torpedo boat used in World War II.
    • noun

      the deck from which a ship's lifeboats are launched.
    • noun

      a flat canvas or leather shoe with rubber soles to provide good traction on boat decks.
    • plural

      refugees who have left a country by sea, in particular the Vietnamese who fled in small boats to Hong Kong, Australia, and elsewhere after the conquest of South Vietnam by North Vietnam in 1975.
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