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motorboat

[moh-ter-boht] /ˈmoʊ tərˌboʊt/
noun
1.
a boat propelled by an inboard or outboard motor.
verb (used without object)
2.
to travel in or operate a motorboat:
to motorboat from Hyannis to Martha's Vineyard.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; motor + boat
Related forms
motorboater, noun
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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

motorboat

/ˈməʊtəˌbəʊt/
noun
1.
any boat powered by a motor
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Encyclopedia Article for motorboat

a relatively small watercraft propelled by an internal-combustion or electric engine. Motorboats range in size from miniature craft designed to carry one person to seagoing vessels of 100 feet (30 m) or more. Most motorboats, however, have space for six passengers or fewer. Motorboats are used recreationally for traveling on water (cruising) and for the enjoyment of such sports as fishing, duck hunting, swimming, skin diving, and water skiing. In sport they are used for racing and in piloting and navigation contests.

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