- the use of boats, especially for pleasure: He enjoyed boating and swimming.
- of or relating to boats: boating clothes.
Origin of boating
- 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 boating
On the first day of the vacation, she is killed in a boating accident as her children watch on in horror.Speed Read: 13 Juiciest Bits From Morrissey’s ‘Autobiography’
October 17, 2013
But to call End of Watch a “buddy cop” movie is like referring to Titanic as a film about a boating accident.Jake Gyllenhaal & Michael Peña on Their ‘End of Watch’ Bromance
September 19, 2012
His wife is in a coma from a boating accident, and he wants to bring his family together before she dies.New 'Twilight' Movie: Two Fangs Up? Plus, George Clooney Gets Oscar Buzz
November 18, 2011
Back in New York City, boating the border had seemed like a fine journalistic experiment.My Night on the Border
May 25, 2010
He believes in the healthy exercise of swimming and boating and cricket.
It was the boating men who sat down to the dinner prepared for Camille.Therese Raquin
All the happiness of my life, at this period, was derived from boating.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
It was a boating accident, and they brought him home quite dead.Doctor Luttrell's First Patient
Rosa Nouchette Carey
There was the loch, too, and its pleasures of boating and bathing.Hunter's Marjory
Margaret Bruce Clarke
- the practice of rowing, sailing, or cruising in boats as a form of recreation
- 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 boating
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 boating
see burn one's bridges (boats); in the same boat; miss the boat; rock the boat.