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[ahys-boht] /ˈaɪsˌboʊt/
a vehicle for rapid movement on ice, usually consisting of a T -shaped frame on three runners driven by a fore-and-aft sailing rig or, sometimes, by an engine operating a propeller.
a boat for breaking a navigable channel through ice; icebreaker.
Origin of iceboat
First recorded in 1745-55; ice + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Lets go hire that iceboat you were talking of, and have a sail on the river.

  • The iceboat was some distance ahead, but Tom was rapidly overhauling her.

  • Tom brought the iceboat up to his chums, and they got aboard.

  • Then an iceboat, a beautiful, tempting little one, whizzed past like an arrow.

    Hans Brinker Mary Mapes Dodge
  • Still giddy, he staggered and caught the iceboat for support.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
  • It caught the sail of the iceboat and tilted the craft over in the water.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • The boys had an idea for a new sort of iceboat, to be run by combined wind and motor power.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • They were just getting aboard of the iceboat when they saw another craft heave in sight.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • The sails were lowered and they went ashore to stretch their legs, for sitting on the iceboat rather cramped them.

    The Mystery at Putnam Hall Arthur M. Winfield
  • Decidedly crestfallen, they bade the policeman goodbye and returned to the iceboat.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for iceboat


another name for icebreaker (sense 1), ice yacht
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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