- a small, powerful boat for towing or pushing ships, barges, etc.
Origin of tugboat
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Examples from the Web for tugboat
A tugboat improbably sits high on the bank, obscured by tall grass, a broken oil rig hangs over the water nearby.The Congo's Forgotten Colonial Getaway
December 18, 2014
After airstrikes began, Libyan armed men seized an Italian tugboat in Tripoli used to service the coastal oil platforms.Italy's Refugee Camp Horror
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 21, 2011
It was an odd defiance, a tugboat's challenge to a German battle line.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Martella, I am now ready to join you in capturing the tugboat.
In fact, it was impossible for them to have done so, but there could be no doubt that they were all on the tugboat.
No attempt was made on the tugboat to bring the second piece into action.
This was followed by a cloud of steam that seemed to completely envelop the tugboat.Randy of the River
Horatio Alger Jr.
Word Origin and History for tugboat
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