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[waw-ter-kraft, -krahft, wot-er-]
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noun, plural wa·ter·crafts or for 2, wa·ter·craft
  1. skill in boating and water sports.
  2. any boat or ship.
  3. boats and ships collectively.
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Origin of watercraft

First recorded in 1560–70; water + craft
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Related Words

aircraft, spacecraft, plane, barge, vessel, ship, airplane, boat, blimp, shipping, bottom, watercraft, zeppelin

Examples from the Web for watercraft

Historical Examples

  • The harbor is studded with all kinds of watercraft, from the stupendous iron-clad battle ships to the tiny pleasure boat.

    Memoirs of John R. Young

    John Young

  • Floyd's fort on the Bear Grass became a rendezvous; the little harbour an anchorage for watercraft.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye

  • They continued to move south-eastward across Russia, using the rivers and never forgetting their Baltic watercraft.

  • Various types of watercraft used in Colonial Virginia have been mentioned in the records.

  • Baily adds two items to the story of the development of the mechanical operation of watercraft.

British Dictionary definitions for watercraft


  1. a boat or ship or such vessels collectively
  2. skill in handling boats or in water sports
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