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Meaning of boat by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A boat kept on land


    From Middle English boot, bot, boet, boyt, from Old English bāt ( “boat” ), from Proto-Germanic *baitaz, *baitan ( “boat, small ship” ), from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- ( “to break, split” ). Cognate with Old Norse beit ( “boat” ) .

    Old Norse bātr ( whence Icelandic bátur, Norwegian båt ), Dutch boot, German Boot, and French bateau are all ultimately borrowings from the Old English word .


    • ( RP ) enPR: bōt, IPA: /bəʊt/, X-SAMPA: /b@Ut/
    • Rhymes: -əʊt
    • ( GenAm ) enPR: bōt, IPA: /boʊt/, X-SAMPA: /boUt/
    • Rhymes: -oʊt


    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 .
    2. ( poker slang ) A full house .
    3. ( chemistry ) One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings ( the other being chair ), shaped roughly like a boat .

    Usage notes

    There's no explicit limit, but the word boat usually refers to a relatively small watercraft that is generally smaller than a "ship" and larger than a "dinghy" .



    See also

    • Category:Watercraft

    See also

    • Weisenberg, Michael ( 2000 ) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523



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Explanation of boat by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. ride in a boat on water

    1. a small vessel for travel on water

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

    Definition of boat by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Boat ( bōt ), n. [OE. boot, bat, AS. bāt; akin to Icel. bātr, Sw. båt, Dan. baad, D. & G. boot. Cf. Bateau.]

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

      ☞ Different kinds of boats have different names; as, canoe, yawl, wherry, pinnace, punt, etc.

      2. 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. A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape; as, “a stone boat; a gravy boat”.

      ☞ Boat is much used either adjectively or in combination; as, boat builder or boatbuilder; boat building or boatbuilding; boat hook or boathook; boathouse; boat keeper or boatkeeper; boat load; boat race; boat racing; boat rowing; boat song; boatlike; boat-shaped.

      Advice boat. See under Advice. -- Boat hook ( Naut. ), an iron hook with a point on the back, fixed to a long pole, to pull or push a boat, raft, log, etc. Totten. -- Boat rope, a rope for fastening a boat; -- usually called a painter. -- In the same boat, in the same situation or predicament. [Colloq.] F. W. Newman.

    2. Boat ( bōt ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Boated; p. pr. & vb. n. Boating.]
      1. To transport in a boat; as, “to boat goods”.

      2. To place in a boat; as, “to boat oars”.

      To boat the oars. See under Oar.

    3. Boat, v. i. To go or row in a boat.

      I boated over, ran my craft aground. Tennyson.