steamboat

[ steem-boht ]
/ ˈstimˌboʊt /

noun

a steam-driven vessel, especially a small one or one used on inland waters.

Nearby words

  1. steam-engine,
  2. steam-generating heavy-water reactor,
  3. steam-heated,
  4. steam-roller,
  5. steam-shovel,
  6. steamboat gothic,
  7. steamboat springs,
  8. steamed,
  9. steamed up,
  10. steamer

Origin of steamboat

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; steam + boat

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British Dictionary definitions for steamboat

steamboat

/ (ˈstiːmˌbəʊt) /

noun

a boat powered by a steam engine
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Word Origin and History for steamboat

steamboat

n.

1787, from steam + boat (n.).

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