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pilot boat

  1. a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships.
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Origin of pilot boat

First recorded in 1580–90
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for pilot boat

Historical Examples

  • Or would they stand on their dignity and order the pilot-boat to sheer off?

    William Pitt and the Great War

    John Holland Rose

  • There was a number on her sail, which indicated that she was a pilot-boat.

    Up the River

    Oliver Optic

  • "Recall the pilot-boat, Mr. Carvel," said the commodore, quietly.

    Richard Carvel, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • "Lunt has not come back with the pilot-boat, Carvel," said he.

    Richard Carvel, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • About ten o'clock a pilot-boat came alongside and left a pilot.

    Eli and Sibyl Jones

    Rufus Matthew Jones