pilot boat

  1. a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships.

Origin of pilot boat

First recorded in 1580–90

Words Nearby pilot boat

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How to use pilot boat in a sentence

  • Again, during the recent racing season, the pilot-boat (about sixty tons) started from Kingstown Harbour for her cruising ground.

    Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
  • Afterward, in a pilot-boat, with fifteen men the boy hero attacked a French privateer with forty men and a barge with thirty men.

  • But a second pilot-boat could now be seen with her flag, half-hoisted, drooping from the halyards.

    The Flag Replaced on Sumter | William A. Spicer
  • He came down close to the pilot-boat, which was ready to put a pilot aboard the approaching steamer.

    The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • The pilot-boat was within ten rods of the steamer, curving in gracefully toward the monster, and running like a race-horse.

    Sevenoaks | J. G. Holland