a small boat designed for rowing.

1530–40; row2 + boat Unabridged
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rowboat (ˈrəʊˌbəʊt)
(US), (Canadian) Also called (in Britain and other countries): rowing boat a small boat propelled by one or more pairs of oars

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boat propelled by oars alone, probably the most common type of boat found around waterfronts and at most fishing camps and docks on inland waters

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Example sentences
The painting contrasts the vast number of bison swimming across the river with
  the handful of explorers in a rowboat.
Unlike big ships with powerful engines, his rowboat and arm power are no match
  for the winds.
Clawson managed to get to a rowboat and get survivors into it.
The family crossed the pond in a rowboat and a kayak to an island where they
  had picnics.
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