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towboat

[toh-boht]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. tugboat.

Origin of towboat

First recorded in 1805–15; tow1 + boat
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Examples from the Web for towboat

Historical Examples

  • The towboat and the railroad had done their work, and done it well and completely.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The Lexington and a towboat were alongside helping to pump her out.

  • The expense is less, as there is the hull of the towboat to buy when separate.

    The houseboat book

    William F. Waugh

  • That towboat tailed us just the same, but we had the satisfaction of fooling him.

    The Seiners

    James B. (James Brendan) Connolly

  • I wouldn't let the ship be held up by anybody, least of all a towboat man.

    Cappy Ricks

    Peter B. Kyne


British Dictionary definitions for towboat

towboat

noun
  1. another word for tug (def. 5)
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