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[moh-ter-boh-ting] /ˈmoʊ tərˌboʊ tɪŋ/
the recreational activity of operating or traveling in a motorboat.
a malfunction in audio equipment resulting in sounds like those produced by an outboard motor.
1925-30; motorboat + -ing1


[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.
1900-05; motor + boat
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motorboater, noun Unabridged
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  • motorboating, sailing and windsurfing are popular activities.
  • Some riparian landowners also used the reservoir for waterskiing and high-speed motorboating.
  • Various forms of boating such as kayaking and motorboating are also becoming increasingly popular.
British Dictionary definitions for motorboating


any boat powered by a motor
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The American Power Boat Association (APBA) offered another season of racing for all types of boats in 1993. The big Unlimited hydroplanes were again dominated by Chip Hanauer (see BIOGRAPHIES), who chalked up another stellar season driving Miss Budweiser to a national title and an unprecedented nine APBA Gold Cup victories. Finishing second in the national standings was Kellogg's Frosted Flakes, piloted by Mike Hanson, and Mark Tate in Winston Eagle followed.

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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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