- 1A small vessel propelled on water by oars, sails, or an engine: a fishing boat [as modifier]: a boat tripMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(In general use) a ship of any size.More example sentences
- 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 boatMore example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Travel or go in a boat for pleasure: they boated through fjords (as noun boating) she likes to go boatingMore example sentences
- 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).
- 1.1 [with object] Transport (someone or something) in a boat in a specified direction: they boated the timber down the lakeMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
be in the same boat
- • informal Be in the same unfortunate circumstances as others.More example sentences
- 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.
- • offensive Recently arrived from a foreign country, and by implication naive or an outsider: what are you, fresh off the boat?More example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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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.
Pronunciation: /-ˌfo͝ol/noun (plural boatfuls)
Old English bāt, of Germanic origin.