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[lawng-boht, long-] /ˈlɔŋˌboʊt, ˈlɒŋ-/
noun, Nautical.
(formerly) the largest boat carried by a sailing ship.
Origin of longboat
First recorded in 1505-15; long1 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • So, in the longboat, which was provided with a sail, they started.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A hundred miles they sailed in the longboat and, at last, the second island was sighted.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The survivors ran her in after dark, anchored, and reached shore in the longboat.

    Keziah Coffin Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The Dutch crew was ordered into the longboat, and bidden go to the devil.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I like to think that I was in no hurry to get into the longboat.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • It was from this quarter that the two boats—the longboat and the jolly-boat—were lowered.

    The Cryptogram William Murray Graydon
  • But the longboat sat high in its chocks; when it did float it might be too late.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • I had got into the longboat with the captain and five others.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • Water and bread and blankets had been hastily passed to the longboat.

    A Wounded Name Charles King
  • The longboat amidships was in a worse condition, being riddled with shot.

    The Two Supercargoes W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for longboat


the largest boat carried aboard a commercial sailing vessel
another term for longship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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