Definition of boat car in English:

boat car

noun

US
historical
  • Chiefly US. An apparatus consisting of a boat cradle on wheels, used in hauling boats between different water levels on steep stretches of canals, as an alternative to the use of locks. Now historical.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Documents Assembly State New York, 58th Session. From boat + car.

Pronunciation

boat car

/ˈbəʊt kɑː/