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[toh-boht] /ˈtoʊˌboʊt/
a diesel-powered or steam-powered boat used especially on inland waterways to push groups of barges lashed to it in front or on one side or both.
Origin of towboat
1805-15; tow1 + boat Unabridged
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  • The speed of a ship, towboat or tugboat can be deceptive.
  • Stay away from the turbulent waters behind a towboat created by the propellers.
  • When the towboat arrives on scene, they will retrieve the buoy and line, secure it to their tow gear and commence towing.
  • One former towboat captain said he'd seen the water level drop as much as a foot as water is pulled into the props.
  • The inside of the superstructure of the towboat was almost completely burned.
  • The showboat and towboat combination became the general model for all later showboats.
British Dictionary definitions for towboat


another word for tug (sense 5)
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