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[boht] /boʊt/
a vessel for transport by water, constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit propulsion.
a small ship, generally for specialized use:
a fishing boat.
a small vessel carried for use by a large one, as a lifeboat:
They lowered the boats for evacuation.
a ship.
a vessel of any size built for navigation on a river or other inland body of water.
a serving dish resembling a boat:
a gravy boat; a celery boat.
Ecclesiastical. a container for holding incense before it is placed in the censer.
verb (used without object)
to go in a boat:
We boated down the Thames.
verb (used with object)
to transport in a boat:
They boated us across the bay.
to remove (an oar) from the water and place athwartships.
Compare ship (def 8).
in the same boat, in the same circumstances; faced with the same problems:
The new recruits were all in the same boat.
miss the boat, Informal.
  1. to fail to take advantage of an opportunity:
    He missed the boat when he applied too late to get into college.
  2. to miss the point of; fail to understand:
    I missed the boat on that explanation.
rock the boat. rock2 (def 15).
before 900; Middle English boot (noun), Old English bāt; cognate with Old Norse beit
Related forms
boatable, adjective
boatless, adjective
Can be confused Unabridged
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Examples from the web for boats
  • boats are used for intervillage travel and subsistence activities.
  • But after the cold war, construction was stopped at three boats.
  • He experimented with designing a new apparatus for human propulsion of small boats.
  • Quest is called in when several boats and ships are destroyed by a mysterious light beam.
  • As a result damage to boats and equipment is common during bumps racing.
  • Usually only two boats would race at once to avoid collision.
  • Eventually, they evacuated themselves by using their own fishing boats.
  • The construction of boats is a similar activity called boat building.
  • These towboats travel between ports and are also called linehaul boats.
  • Marina berth used to allow the owners of leisure craft on and off their boats.
British Dictionary definitions for boats


a small vessel propelled by oars, paddle, sails, or motor for travelling, transporting goods, etc, esp one that can be carried aboard a larger vessel
(not in technical use) another word for ship
(navy) a submarine
a container for gravy, sauce, etc
a small boat-shaped container for incense, used in some Christian churches
in the same boat, sharing the same problems
burn one's boats, See burn1 (sense 19)
miss the boat, to lose an opportunity
(Brit, informal) push the boat out, to celebrate, esp lavishly and expensively
(informal) rock the boat, to cause a disturbance in the existing situation
(intransitive) to travel or go in a boat, esp as a form of recreation
(transitive) to transport or carry in a boat
Word Origin
Old English bāt; related to Old Norse beit boat
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Word Origin and History for boats



Old English bat "boat, ship, vessel," from Proto-Germanic *bait- (cf. Old Norse batr, Dutch boot, German Boot), possibly from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure), with the sense of making a boat by hollowing out a tree trunk; or it may be an extension of the name for some part of a ship. French bateau "boat" is from Old English or Norse. Spanish batel, Italian battello, Medieval Latin batellus likewise probably are from Germanic.

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Slang definitions & phrases for boats


  1. A car: The little boat (automobile, in the argot of '22) (1915+)
  2. A big car: Why don't you park that boat there, hop inside with me (1920+)
  3. A big shoe; gunboats: leaving his boats out in the hall
Related Terms

the gravy train, lifeboat, man in the boat, miss the boat, on the gravy train, ride the gravy train, rock the boat

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Idioms and Phrases with boats
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