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airboat

[air-boht]
noun
  1. Also called swamp boat. a small open boat having a very shallow draft and driven by a caged airplane propeller mounted above the rear transom, capable of traveling at relatively high speeds through shallow water, swamps, etc.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to go or travel in an airboat.
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Origin of airboat

1865–70, for an earlier sense; air(craft) + boat
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Examples from the Web for airboat

Historical Examples of airboat

  • The airboat and long-range surveillance had been the result.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • The airboat murmured overhead, hot gold in the sunset light.

    The Sensitive Man

    Poul William Anderson

  • Salvadro saved that situation by going out and bringing some in from the airboat.

    The Keeper

    Henry Beam Piper

  • She and I came here in her airboat, directly from the feast.

    Last Enemy

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Ravindau led the general through a door and into an airboat lying upon the terrace outside the laboratory.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith


British Dictionary definitions for airboat

airboat

noun
  1. another name for swamp boat
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