boat


boat
boat [bōt]
n.
[ME bot < OE bat (akin to Ger & Du boot) < IE base * bheid-, to split (in the sense “hollowed-out tree trunk”) > FISSION]
1. a small, open water vehicle propelled by oars, sails, engine, etc.
2. a large such vehicle for use in inland waters [an ore boat on the Great Lakes]
3. any large, seagoing water vehicle; ship: a term in popular use, but not by sailors
4. a boat-shaped dish [a gravy boat]
vt.
1. to lay or carry in the boat [to boat the oars]
2. to pull or lift into a boat [to boat a fish]
vi.
to go in a boat; row, sail, or cruise
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in the same boat
in the same unfavorable situation
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miss the boat
Informal to fail to make the most of an opportunity
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☆ rock the boat
Informal to disturb or challenge the status quo

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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  • Boat — (b[=o]t), n. [OE. boot, bat, AS. b[=a]t; akin to Icel. b[=a]tr, Sw. b[*a]t, Dan. baad, D. & G. boot. Cf. {Bateau}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail. [1913 Webster] Note …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boat — W2S1 [bəut US bout] n [: Old English; Origin: bat] 1.) a vehicle that travels across water ▪ If we had a boat, we could row across to the island. ▪ a fishing boat on/in a boat ▪ MacKay said he would sleep on his boat. by boat ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • boat — ► NOUN 1) a vessel for travelling on water. 2) a boat shaped serving dish for sauce or gravy. ► VERB ▪ travel in a boat for pleasure. ● be in the same boat Cf. ↑be in the same boat ● …   English terms dictionary

  • boat — [ bout ] noun count *** 1. ) a small vehicle that people use for traveling on water. Boats are usually smaller than ships, and are moved by means of sails, OARS, or motors: by boat: The only way to get there was by boat. => POWERBOAT, ROWBOAT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Boat — (b[=o]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boating}.] 1. To transport in a boat; as, to boat goods. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in a boat; as, to boat oars. [1913 Webster] {To boat the oars}. See under {Oar}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boat — boat, vessel, ship, craft are comparable when they denote a floating structure designed to carry persons or goods over water. Boat is sometimes used as a general designation of such a structure but more specifically it is applicable to a small,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • boat — (n.) O.E. bat boat, ship, vessel, from P.Gmc. *bait (Cf. O.N. batr, Du. boot, Ger. Boot), possibly from PIE root *bheid to split (see FISSURE (Cf. fissure)), with the sense of making a boat by hollowing out a tree trunk; or it may be an extension …   Etymology dictionary

  • Boat — Boat, v. i. To go or row in a boat. [1913 Webster] I boated over, ran my craft aground. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boat — A boat is a ‘small vessel propelled on water’ by various means, and includes vessels used for fishing, for cargo, or to carry passengers. A ship is a large sea going vessel, especially when part of a navy. A submarine, however, despite its… …   Modern English usage

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