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  1. a vehicle for rapid movement on ice, usually consisting of a T-shaped frame on three runners driven by a fore-and-aft sailing rig or, sometimes, by an engine operating a propeller.
  2. a boat for breaking a navigable channel through ice; icebreaker.
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Origin of iceboat

First recorded in 1745–55; ice + boat
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Examples from the Web for iceboat

Historical Examples

  • The iceboat was some distance ahead, but Tom was rapidly overhauling her.

    Tom Fairfield's Schooldays

    Allen Chapman

  • Lets go hire that iceboat you were talking of, and have a sail on the river.

  • Tom brought the iceboat up to his chums, and they got aboard.

  • Then an iceboat, a beautiful, tempting little one, whizzed past like an arrow.

    Hans Brinker

    Mary Mapes Dodge

  • Still giddy, he staggered and caught the iceboat for support.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate

    Mildred A. Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for iceboat


  1. another name for icebreaker (def. 1), ice yacht
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