Definition of boat in English:

boat

Syllabification: boat
Pronunciation: /bōt
 
/

noun

1A small vessel propelled on water by oars, sails, or an engine: a fishing boat [as modifier]: a boat trip
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  • This in turn causes surrounding air to rush into the sail and propel the boat further.
  • Fu told Baja, as well as reporters, that the fishermen strayed into Philippine waters after their boat engine malfunctioned.
  • He and many others landed jobs on in-shore mackerel boats, fishing tamer waters around the isle.
Synonyms
1.1(In general use) a ship of any size.
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  • Droning steadily toward the continent, he gasped when a huge opening in the clouds revealed ships and boats of all sizes dotting the water as far as he could see.
  • Like the general who burned the boats upon landing, leaving no retreat for his soldiers, Smith decided to sell the traditional mills.
  • So this was why the Golden Plunderer was the most famous of them all; it had robbed every boat, every ship, every city, of its riches.
2A serving dish in the shape of a boat: a gravy boat
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  • Graceful gravy boats in two sizes serve the whole crowd or provide individual service of gravy, cheese sauce, hot fudge and more.
  • This week everyone gets a free Gravy Boat and after a few shipping problems everyone ends up with a dozen gravy boats after weeks of promises by the manager to set things straight.

verb

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1Travel or go in a boat for pleasure: they boated through fjords (as noun boating) she likes to go boating
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  • My children sit in large basins to go boating in the little pond,’ she said laughing.
  • Our family suddenly decided that we should go boating.
  • She also could no longer ride her horse or go boating or camping (which she had previously loved to do).
Synonyms
sail, yacht, paddle, row, cruise
1.1 [with object] Transport (someone or something) in a boat in a specified direction: they boated the timber down the lake
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  • So many estate agents have boated me around Venice, for instance, that I reckon I now know the Serenissima's darkest alleys better than the little red dwarf in Don't Look Now.
  • They're finding ways to boat them out of the school through boats up onto the bridge but much of the city of course is still under very high levels of water.
1.2 [with object] (Of an angler) bring a caught fish into a boat.
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  • We moved a lot of fish in the first hour but only one was boated.
  • On the second troll through I latched into a good fish and after a spirited fight we boated my first decent size Nile perch.
  • Ravensthorpe regular John Caldwell and his boat partner Digby Lewis enjoyed an exciting session boating 20 fish between them.

Origin

Old English bāt, of Germanic origin.

Phrases

be in the same boat

informal Be in the same unfortunate circumstances as others.
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  • I have had friends who have had difficulties and there are so many people in the same boat.
  • If you're in the same boat, at least know you're not the only one.
  • We are all in the same boat: we both win and we both lose.

miss the boat

see miss1.

off the boat

offensive Recently arrived from a foreign country, and by implication naive or an outsider: what are you, fresh off the boat?
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  • Even to someone fresh off the boat like me, it was clear that New Orleans was quite unlike the rest of America.
  • When I first arrived off the boat I noticed some people referring to Ken a lot.
  • You're goo-goo about it, fresh off the boat, looking to be the grit in its dozen oysters.

rock the boat

informal Say or do something to disturb an existing situation.
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  • It is obviously easier to move one person, who is not going to rock the boat, than two, who have rocked the boat, and have got off a discipline proceedings.
  • They are upset that anyone is now rocking the boat and might endanger their hopes to become enriched.
  • They feel compelled to be careful about what they say so as not to upset the people around them or rock the boat.

Derivatives

boatful

Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/
noun (plural boatfuls)
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  • The mutual curiosity that exists between an adolescent right whale and a boatful of human observers makes whale-watching an activity of an entirely different nature than, say, bird-watching - or even people-watching.
  • I don't consider it very responsible letting a boatful of inexperienced divers, many of them having completed fewer than 10 dives, loose on a wreck in 30m-plus with a screaming surface current.
  • There's no need to board the boat armed with enormous flight cases full of equipment, only to have to assemble and dismantle it all on what could be a boatful of divers of no fixed experience.

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