Definition of whaleboat in English:


Syllabification: whale·boat
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wālˌbōt


  • 1A long rowboat with a bow at either end for easy maneuverability, formerly used in whaling.
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    • They fashion small-scale versions of yachts, whaleboats, and other vessels that are perfect in every detail.
    • Gosnell Hall, the largest room in the museum, contains a skeleton of a forty-six-foot-long sperm whale, a thirty-foot-long whaleboat, whaling tools, and ship captains' portraits.
    • When he retired from the sea in 1870 he returned to Bequia and set up whaling ‘companies ‘consisting of four whaleboats and about 26 men per company.’
  • 1.1A boat similar to a whaleboat used as a ship’s lifeboat and utility boat.

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