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[boht-lohd] /ˈboʊtˌloʊd/
the cargo that a vessel carries or is capable of carrying.
Origin of boatload
1670-80; boat + load Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • And when we put to sea once more a boatload of them proceeded to go ahead of us in the direction of Popsipetel.

  • Just then up the Wabash came a Spaniard with a boatload of valuable goods.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • A last vicious thrust by a boatload of pierrots jammed the box of his punt under our landing-stage.

    The Sixth Sense Stephen McKenna
  • He says they expect to have a boatload of fish in a week or ten days.

    The Shadow Passes Roy J. Snell
  • Discovering their mistake one boatload of the villains went in pursuit.

    Sea Stories Various
British Dictionary definitions for boatload


the amount of cargo or number of people held by a boat or ship
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