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[moh-ter-boht] /ˈmoʊ tərˌboʊt/
a boat propelled by an inboard or outboard motor.
verb (used without object)
to travel in or operate a motorboat:
to motorboat from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard.
Origin of motorboat
1900-05; motor + boat
Related forms
motorboater, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for motorboat
  • She ran down to the beach, where a motorboat awaited.
  • In the second week, he took some of his companions out to sea in a small motorboat.
  • The motorboat pulled away from the beach not long after dawn.
  • Every motorboat propelled by a motor on the waters of this state must be numbered and licensed as prescribed in this chapter.
  • Operating or giving permission to operate an unregistered motorboat.
  • The motorboat or vessel must be operated, in motion, en route but not aground or at anchor.
British Dictionary definitions for motorboat


any boat powered by a motor
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