- a vessel for transport by water, constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit propulsion.
- a small ship, generally for specialized use: a fishing boat.
- a small vessel carried for use by a large one, as a lifeboat: They lowered the boats for evacuation.
- a ship.
- a vessel of any size built for navigation on a river or other inland body of water.
- a serving dish resembling a boat: a gravy boat; a celery boat.
- Ecclesiastical. a container for holding incense before it is placed in the censer.
- to go in a boat: We boated down the Thames.
- to transport in a boat: They boated us across the bay.
- to remove (an oar) from the water and place athwartships.Compare ship1(def 10).
- in the same boat, in the same circumstances; faced with the same problems: The new recruits were all in the same boat.
- miss the boat, Informal.
- 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.
- rock the boat. rock2(def 17).
Origin of boat
Examples from the Web for boat
My captain on the boat, Brazakka, he wanted me to do this Hemingway bit, with the white stubble, and he wanted the hero angle.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
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
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
December 13, 2014
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
October 19, 2014
The only way to get here is by plane or boat, so most supplies are flown in.Our Trip to The Climate War's Ground Zero
September 19, 2014
Your brother was foolish enough to leave his boat in Rushton's care.
It won't be much, but I should like to do it on account of his kindness about the boat.
I can't conceive how such damage could have happened to the boat.
He quickly turned the boat to the shore, and the stranger jumped on board.
There's one about a quarter of a mile down the stream—Stetson's boat.
- a small vessel propelled by oars, paddle, sails, or motor for travelling, transporting goods, etc, esp one that can be carried aboard a larger vessel
- (not in technical use) another word for ship
- navy a submarine
- a container for gravy, sauce, etc
- a small boat-shaped container for incense, used in some Christian churches
- in the same boat sharing the same problems
- burn one's boats See burn 1 (def. 19)
- miss the boat to lose an opportunity
- push the boat out British informal to celebrate, esp lavishly and expensively
- rock the boat informal to cause a disturbance in the existing situation
- (intr) to travel or go in a boat, esp as a form of recreation
- (tr) to transport or carry in a 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.