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[steem-boht] /ˈstimˌboʊt/
a steam-driven vessel, especially a small one or one used on inland waters.
Origin of steamboat
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85; steam + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The same that dove with the young woman under the steamboat paddles.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • Next summer a steamboat was fitted out for the purpose, and the cable was submerged.

  • Mr. Martin then went to Detroit, where he worked a year on the steamboat Wisconsin.

  • When the steamboat arrived at Dawson, White Fang went ashore.

    White Fang Jack London
  • But he conceived the idea of a steamboat and set to work to make one.

    The Age of Invention Holland Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for steamboat


a boat powered by a steam engine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for steamboat

1787, from steam + boat (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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