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[hweyl-boht, weyl-] /ˈʰweɪlˌboʊt, ˈweɪl-/
a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue.
Origin of whaleboat
First recorded in 1665-75; whale1 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "Cutlets" went over in a whaleboat, with a prize crew of six men.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
  • A whaleboat came alongside, and a man climbed over the rail.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • The whaleboat kept steadily on in its course, and the wearied men were still pulling at the oars.

    The Boys of Old Monmouth Everett T. Tomlinson
  • We paddled to the whaleboat and embarked from the life raft.

  • The whaleboat had been built for speed, and was long, narrow, and light.

    The Boys of Old Monmouth Everett T. Tomlinson
  • Let me know when you can come up, and I will send the whaleboat.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • Bass surveyed something like six hundred miles of the Australian coast in a whaleboat with a crew of six men!

  • We then saw a whaleboat coming round the point with a lug sail.

    A Modern Buccaneer Rolf Boldrewood
  • The oars went in with unanimity and the boat shot back, for a whaleboat is as sharp at one end as it is at the other.

    Swept Out to Sea W. Bertram Foster
  • During my absence he and Mr. Goodfellow between them had finished the whaleboat.

    Poison Island Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
British Dictionary definitions for whaleboat


a narrow boat from 20 to 30 feet long having a sharp prow and stern, formerly used in whaling Also called whaler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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