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pilot boat

a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships.
Origin of pilot boat
1580-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The felucca rounded the point, closely followed by the pilot-boat.

    Jack in the Forecastle John Sherburne Sleeper
  • Or would they stand on their dignity and order the pilot-boat to sheer off?

    William Pitt and the Great War John Holland Rose
  • Then a pilot-boat ran by him, standing probably for Boulogne, and at one time less than a league away.

    Springhaven R. D. Blackmore
  • "Lunt has not come back with the pilot-boat, Carvel," said he.

    Richard Carvel, Complete Winston Churchill
  • Finally a committee escorted him to the foot of Wall Street, where he embarked in a pilot-boat which took him to his ship.

    The Story of Manhattan Charles Hemstreet
  • About ten o'clock a pilot-boat came alongside and left a pilot.

    Eli and Sibyl Jones Rufus Matthew Jones
  • He came down close to the pilot-boat, which was ready to put a pilot aboard the approaching steamer.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • Twas this way: the pilot-boat that took them off the rock capsized on the way home.

    Armorel of Lyonesse Walter Besant
  • But if we leave the pilot-boat behind, I can't get off the steamer when you don't want me any longer.

    Up the River Oliver Optic
  • The little craft headed about and pulled for the pilot-boat.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss

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