verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to fail to take advantage of an opportunity: He missed the boat when he applied too late to get into college.
- to miss the point of; fail to understand: I missed the boat on that explanation.
Origin of boat
Examples from the Web for boat
Translators—many of whom came by boat themselves—work through the crowds with Italian authorities to take down names and details.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They can hear the sound of his boat's motor, growing louder as it comes over the horizon.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But The STAR, the brainchild of Russian-born boat designer Igor Lobanov, has not been built yet.The World's Most Beautiful Boat—Yours for Half a Billion Dollars|Tim Teeman|October 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The only way to get here is by plane or boat, so most supplies are flown in.
On a Smiths-themed boat tour, the phrase ‘misery loves company’ is predictably proven.This Charming Man: Meet 'Ronnissey,' Brooklyn's Fake Morrissey|Michael Moynihan|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As I have already said, we had made four oars, but our boat was so small that only two were necessary.The Coral Island|R. M. Ballantyne
A dozen or more fell into the boat, and were eagerly seized and killed by the famishing crew.The Voyage of the "Steadfast"|W.H.G. Kingston
This boat, which floats upon the surface of the water until the larv are disclosed, is placed there by the female gnat.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
A boat being lowered, he was taken on board, but it was clear to him that he was regarded with much suspicion.In the Track of the Troops|R.M. Ballantyne
He bowed slightly, putting his hands behind him and moving toward his boat.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
British Dictionary definitions for boat
Word Origin for boat
Word Origin and History for boat
Old English bat "boat, ship, vessel," from Proto-Germanic *bait- (cf. Old Norse batr, Dutch boot, German Boot), possibly from PIE root *bheid- "to split" (see fissure), with the sense of making a boat by hollowing out a tree trunk; or it may be an extension of the name for some part of a ship. French bateau "boat" is from Old English or Norse. Spanish batel, Italian battello, Medieval Latin batellus likewise probably are from Germanic.
Idioms and Phrases with boat
see burn one's bridges (boats); in the same boat; miss the boat; rock the boat.