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keelboat

[ keel-boht ]

noun

  1. a roughly built, shallow freight boat, having a keel to permit sailing into the wind.


keelboat

/ ˈkiːlˌbəʊt /

noun

  1. a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel, used for freight and moved by towing, punting, or rowing


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Word History and Origins

Origin of keelboat1

1685–95; keel 1 or keel 2 + boat

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Example Sentences

Somewhere on the upper river Sublette sent the boat back, and proceeded by keelboat to Fort Union.

The best cabin in a keelboat had been furnished in sumptuous style for the accommodation of the self-indulgent chief.

A keelboat was generally manned by ten hands, principally Canadian French, and a patroon or master.

Then a broken and waterlogged keelboat, fully twenty-five feet long, scurried past, a great menace to every boat afloat.

About sundown a keelboat came down the river and landed, bearing three dead bodies and several wounded.

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