• in a Nile Boat
    in a Nile Boat
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v boat ride in a boat on water
    • n boat a small vessel for travel on water
    • n boat a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Ferry-Boat on the St. Lawrence Ferry-Boat on the St. Lawrence
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fifth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fifth Second
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twelfth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twelfth Second
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Twenty-third Second
Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fiftieth Second Life-Boat Capsize-Drill. Fiftieth Second
"The Boat went into Matchwood." "The Boat went into Matchwood."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Before jets, jet lag was called boat lag.
    • Boat A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail.
    • Boat A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape; as, a stone boat; a gravy boat .
    • Boat 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 .
    • v. i Boat To go or row in a boat. "I boated over, ran my craft aground."
    • Boat To place in a boat; as, to boat oars.
    • Boat To transport in a boat; as, to boat goods.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Larger Stingrays have the power to drive their stingers or tail-spines through the hulls of wooden boats
    • n boat A small vessel or water-craft; especially, a small open vessel moved by oars. The forms, dimensions, and uses of boats are very various. The boats in use in the United States naval service are steam-launches, launches, steam-cutters, cutters, barges, gigs, whale-boats, and dinghies.
    • n boat Any vessel for navigation: usually described by another word or by a prefix denoting its use or mode of propulsion: as, a packet-boat, passage-boat, steamboat, etc. The term is frequently applied colloquially to vessels even of the largest size.
    • n boat Any open dish or vessel resembling a boat: as, a gravy-boat; a butter-boat.
    • n boat In the Roman Catholic Church, the vessel containing the incense to be placed in the thurible when needed.
    • boat To transport in a boat: as, to boat goods across a lake.
    • boat To provide with boats.
    • boat To go in a boat; row.
    • n boat A narrow, shallow vessel of platinum or porcelain which serves to hold a substance that is to be subjected to ultimate analysis, or to the action of gases, and which for that purpose is placed in a glass or porcelain tube.
    • n boat A small device attached to each side of a loom for weaving a plain selvage in a fabric having a twill or figured weave.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most boat owners name their boats. The most popular boat name is Obsession
    • n Boat bōt a small open vessel usually moved by oars: a small ship: a vessel like a boat in shape, as a 'sauce-boat.'—v.i. to sail about in a boat
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  • Saunders
    “Only the guy who isn't rowing has time to rock the boat.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Noah was a brave man to sail in a wooden boat with two termites.”
  • Earl Camden
    Earl Camden
    “It is not good to have an oar in everyone's boat.”
  • W Wolfe
    W Wolfe
    “If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing Double Dahlias in his garden.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Such is the human race. Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.”
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky
    Vladimir Mayakovsky
    “The love boat has crashed against the everyday.”


A rising tide lifts all boats - This idiom, coined by John F Kennedy, describes the idea that when an economy is performing well, all people will benefit from it.
In the same boat - If people are in the same boat, they are in the same predicament or trouble.
Just off the boat - If someone is just off the boat, they are naive and inexperienced.
Miss the boat - If you miss the boat, you are too late to take advantage of an opportunity.
Rock the boat - If you rock the boat, you destabilise a situation by making trouble. It is often used as advice; 'Don't rock the boat'.
Slow boat to China - This idiom is used to describe something that is very slow and takes a long time.
Whatever floats your boat - When people say this, they mean that you should do whatever makes you happy.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boot, bat, AS. bāt,; akin to Icel. bātr, Sw. båt, Dan. baad, D. & G. boot,. Cf. Bateau
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bát; Dut. boot; Fr. bateau.


In literature:

I was afraid about taking the boat.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
The boat that had been coming up at the stern missed its mark, and ran in between the two ammunition boats.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
A curious steam ferry-boat runs backwards and forwards between Portsmouth and Gosport.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
He spent half his time on the water in the summer, and knew all about a boat.
"Little Bobtail" by Oliver Optic
Captain Bonnet called another boat-load of his pirates ashore, and they march in the van to assail the Indians.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The boat would certainly be swamped.
"Dikes and Ditches" by Oliver Optic
It was a rude boat; for the young boat-builders had few tools, and very inferior lumber for the construction of the bateau.
"All Adrift" by Oliver Optic
This steam escaped through a nozzle under water at the stern of the boat, and its thrust against the water propelled the boat forward.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
On the 1st February, he embarked in a little boat to try and find an anchorage.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
There was but one man in it now, and the boat was moored to the root of a big tree that overhung the little cove.
"Ruth Fielding on the St. Lawrence" by Alice B. Emerson

In poetry:

Boats and lances
And line tubs — well
Pretty near everything
Only the smell!
"South Sea Whaler. “Scrimshaw” Model" by Cicely Fox Smith
Pilot boat, lighthouse,
Stiff green sea —
House-flag and number
Plain as can be —
"Portrait Of A Lady-2" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I hear the float
Of their chant divine,
And my heart like a boat
Sails thither on wine!
"Abu Midjan" by George MacDonald
Winds, that like a demon
Howl with horrid note
Round the toiling seaman,
In his tossing boat --
"The Lee Shore" by Thomas Hood
Even without boats and destinies,
without waves and sands,
there is always a glass of sea
for a man to sail.
"Invention Of Orpheus ( chant I, parts I, II, III )" by Jorge Mateus de Lima
Along the ocean’s rim, now,
With never-ceasing song,
I wish that I could swim now
And shove the boat along.
"The Liner" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

Coast Guard officers pulled up and ordered the boat's occupants, at gunpoint, to exit the boat.
Discover Boating is using social media to put the "ing" back in boating.
Officials intercept Mexican smuggling boat near Dana Point boat, officials, coast, patrol, guard, border, maritime, people, mexican, dana.
Jim Bruckbauer (left) and Larry Mohrs check the propeller on their boat after they hit something in shallow water near a boat ramp in Ellison Bay.
Crews were using sonar Tuesday to search for a 13-year-old who disappeared in Lake Lanier after a fishing boat rammed a pontoon boat, killing an 8-year-old and injuring three other passengers on the vessel, authorities said.
ATLANTA — Crews used sonar Tuesday to search for a 13-year-old boy who disappeared in Lake Lanier after a fishing boat rammed a pontoon boat, killing a 9-year-old boy and injuring three other passengers on the vessel, authorities said.
Nothing is harder on your boat than neglect, and neglect is exactly what recreational boats are subjected to when cold weather settles in.
If your boat is still in the water, light your vessel, and join in the 10th annual Mystic Holiday Boat Parade and Toy Drive on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
A good livewell is a must-have on a fishing boat, but just how good is yours, or the one on a boat you're looking at.
State Parks officials have closed the boat ramps at Caballo Lake State Park and are barring the use of motorized boats because of low water levels.
Don Hyde knows that properly maintaining the systems on a boat is more difficult than keeping up with those in a big house that sells for 10 times the price of the boat.
Northern Michigan's Full Service Marina Services Offered: Boat Rentals, Boat Sales, Full Service Marina .
Boat Rentals, Boat Sales, Full Service Marina .
Brandon White of Watermark, a tour and charter boat company, ties one of the company's boats to a pier in Annapolis, Md.
TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif — Following a stellar boating season, Thursday, Sept 20 will be the last day of operations for the Northstar and Homewood boat inspection stations.

In science:

General Relativity without vierbein is like a boat without a jib– without these vital ingredients the going is slow and progress inhibited.
Angular momentum conservation law in Einstein-Cartan space-time
Catching the boat with strudel: experiences with a web-site management system.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
X,Y)) :- obj(X), pos(Y). fluent(boat at(Y)) :- side(Y).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
A), is in(A,L), [boat at(L)]) :obj(A), side(L).
Multi-valued Action Languages in CLP(FD)
This is known to be a lower energy configuration as compared to the boat conformer [9, 26].
A Systematic Study of Electronic Structure from Graphene to Graphane