• WordNet 3.6
    • n houseboat a barge that is designed and equipped for use as a dwelling
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n houseboat A boat fitted up as a house, and commonly more or less resembling one in form and arrangements, for permanent or temporary habitation. Such boats have long been the only dwellings of many thousands of families in the waters of some eastern countries, intended either to be stationary or to be moved by towing or by oars or sweeps, and in Hindustan and Burma are known as house-boats. They abound even more largely in China; but the boat distinctively called a house-boat there is one for use in excursions or in traveling. The English house-boat is an adaptation of the latter idea, being supplied with all conveniences for living on board as in a house during a prolonged excursion, especially on the Thames.
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In literature:

At last they lay alongside a little landing to which a houseboat was moored, occupied by a riverman whom Uncle Dick seemed to know.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
There were no other guests except the two houseboat girls, Eleanor and Lillian, Dr. and Mrs. Alden, and Mr. and Mrs. Butler.
"Madge Morton's Victory" by Amy D.V. Chalmers
In sampans, houseboats and other craft, moored to the banks of these canals, dwells the major portion of the city's inhabitants.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
The college barges at Oxford are houseboats moored in the river for the use of members of the college rowing clubs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
There's that fancy houseboat again!
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
The front door of the third houseboat up the eddy opened and closed.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
There were scows, houseboats, and small steamers.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The houseboats, dozens of which we see daily, interest us greatly.
"Afloat on the Ohio" by Reuben Gold Thwaites
The houseboat plowed ahead, its twin outboards purring.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin
His uncle and the houseboat here occurred in very luminous colours to his mind.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In news:

Houseboat Case Docks at Supreme Court.
Houseboat to Energy Efficient Residences.
Have you ever wondered what it's like fishing off the deck of your own Seattle houseboat.
An effort by the National Park Service to get concession proposals for houseboat operations at Keller Ferry and Seven Bays drew a blank.
Houseboat industry eyes new venture for comeback.
Kentucky's houseboat manufacturers once thrived by churning out luxurious floating residences, but the industry was nearly capsized by the economic downturn.
Floating homes are often called " houseboats ," by many people even though they are actually stationary.
Contact Houseboat Magazine Toll-Free: 1-800-638-0135.
Lake Powell visitors enjoy a houseboat in August of 2009.
Recorded Humming Can Last More than an Hour, Wakes Houseboaters.
Murray River Hire a slow-moving houseboat from Mannum or Renmark.
Troopers arrived at a houseboat near Port Protection on Monday where they found a man towing a small boat with a dead body aboard.
Seattle Houseboats For Sale Right Now Have Great Range In Price Points.
It happened at the former Summerset Houseboats plant on Parkers Mill Road.
Sunstar Houseboats made their official announcement last week that they now have a new line of coastal/river models called the Starship series.