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[lawng-boht, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊt, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun, Nautical.
(formerly) the largest boat carried by a sailing ship.
Origin of longboat
1505-15; long1 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • You must know that a shallop is a large boat, much larger than the one belonging to our ship, which is called a longboat.

    Mary of Plymouth James Otis
  • A hundred miles they sailed in the longboat and, at last, the second island was sighted.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Seventeen of the crew got into the longboat, and, after seven days, fifteen of them reached port.

  • The Dutch crew was ordered into the longboat, and bidden go to the devil.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Like most merchant ships, we had but two boats: the longboat and the jolly-boat.

    Redburn. His First Voyage Herman Melville
  • I like to think that I was in no hurry to get into the longboat.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • Below them lay a longboat, apparently intended for piloting the ships into the harbour.

  • Water and bread and blankets had been hastily passed to the longboat.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • The longboat was ready by this time, her barrels full of water and her lockers full of biscuit.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • As soon as the longboat was clear of the brig the mutineers released the mate.

    The South Seaman Louis Becke
British Dictionary definitions for longboat


the largest boat carried aboard a commercial sailing vessel
another term for longship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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