Definition of boat in English:

boat

noun

  • 1A small vessel propelled on water by oars, sails, or an engine.

    ‘a fishing boat’
    as modifier ‘a boat trip’
    • ‘If you are an expert sailor or you can't tell a reef knot from a mainbrace, just turn up and you can be sure of being welcomed on one of the club boats for a sail.’
    • ‘Working feverishly, the crew and shore team refitted the boat and sailed it to La Rochelle in time to rejoin the race in leg eight.’
    • ‘Sure, every solo sailor has this terrible image of them falling off the boat and watching the boat sail away perfectly trimmed up, under auto pilot.’
    • ‘The propeller from the boat's engine was embedded 6 inches into a fence post.’
    • ‘Fu told Baja, as well as reporters, that the fishermen strayed into Philippine waters after their boat engine malfunctioned.’
    • ‘Dogs and cows luxuriate in the sudden coolness; paper boats sail to unknown destinations on swift flowing drain water.’
    • ‘It's interesting that both films start with McCrea on a boat, sailing into unknown waters.’
    • ‘It was a short wait and it wasn't long until the three of them were piled into a small boat and sent sailing off into the water.’
    • ‘He and many others landed jobs on in-shore mackerel boats, fishing tamer waters around the isle.’
    • ‘However Albert said that sailing on the Asgard was a completely different experience to sailing on smaller boats and yachts.’
    • ‘We were a tight-knit group of three once the boat had set sail, and we were in a large dining area.’
    • ‘This in turn causes surrounding air to rush into the sail and propel the boat further.’
    • ‘Stromness lifeboat was called out on Sunday evening after a fishing boat with engine trouble began drifting towards shore near the Bay of Skaill.’
    • ‘While the boat was sailing towards the land, everyone on the shore became active.’
    • ‘Yes, we can all sail our boats along the surface of the water, so long as we obey federal regulations regarding navigation.’
    • ‘About an hour into the trip, the boat's engine hit a rock and lost power; the craft was battered by waves and soon capsized.’
    • ‘At age 72, Pam sails her own boat and each year takes a wicked sailing trip to the Caribbean with friends.’
    • ‘She shifted her gaze to where he motioned for her to look and saw boats with white sails skimming lazily across the still orange-tinted waters.’
    • ‘Nearby, fisherman Rolando Ramirez helped others pull their fishing boats from the water.’
    • ‘Sometimes the Coliseum was transformed into a desert or into a jungle, and it could also be filled with water and turned into a lake so boats could sail in it.’
    vessel, craft, watercraft, ship
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    1. 1.1 (in general use) a ship of any size.
      • ‘Rame Coastwatch, which records the number of boats in the area of the reef, says 300 boats were over the wreck in May and 230 in April.’
      • ‘A boat arrives in a port in this country and it has on board cannabis resin.’
      • ‘In tracking the boat I found that someone meeting your general description left the boat in this area.’
      • ‘Joining us, one gentleman, Bill Mulhern - you had a ship, a boat out here.’
      • ‘Ships and boats continue to support the national relief effort.’
      • ‘One of them directed the new arrivals to a berth exactly the right size for their boat.’
      • ‘Most of them were relegated to rear echelon positions or they were stewards on the boats or on the ships.’
      • ‘Like the general who burned the boats upon landing, leaving no retreat for his soldiers, Smith decided to sell the traditional mills.’
      • ‘Most of the mold is cut off and the plants are shipped by boat to Hong Kong where a chemical stimulant is added to enhance the effect of the herbs.’
      • ‘How many would actually wear a life jacket if it were required at all times on all sizes of boats is a big unknown.’
      • ‘The head is larger than most I have seen on boats of this size and the shower is integral.’
      • ‘The boat - not a dinghy, mind you, but a good - sized boat with a cabin - is the classroom.’
      • ‘At that time, the area was a true wilderness, with access primarily by boat and ship on Lake Superior.’
      • ‘It was stated by Mr J McMeekin, harbour master, that during the past six months, six coal, six petrol and oil, and two general cargo boats called at the port.’
      • ‘The island is particularly well known for its whaling boats, pointed at both ends (most Caribbean boats have squared keels) and up to about thirty feet long.’
      • ‘It was used along with several crash boats to salvage wrecked planes.’
      • ‘The fleet consisted of one large fish carrier, a medium purse-seine fishing vessel, three medium sized boats and four ocean going outriggers.’
      • ‘I paused there, not knowing where to go, when I noticed a medium sized boat coming up to the shore.’
      • ‘For several months Coast Guard planes and boats were the only rescue agents available for the region.’
      • ‘Their fears that people might be on board were heightened when they arrived and found the boat's diesel outboard motor was running.’
      • ‘Normally the observations are made from boats, planes or helicopters, but this is a slow process, and many reefs are not easily accessible.’
      • ‘It will be carried by boat along the Manchester Ship Canal, and Bridgewater and Rochdale canals, on its way to the opening ceremony at the Games stadium.’
      • ‘Throw a tour party on a boat or a plane every four years or so, and the talk flows instead of ebbs.’
      • ‘Droning steadily toward the continent, he gasped when a huge opening in the clouds revealed ships and boats of all sizes dotting the water as far as he could see.’
      • ‘Rats are aggressive, active, and adaptable, and they have accompanied man throughout the world, traveling on ships and boats of all sizes.’
      • ‘To be competitive in the market, we had to have our products made in China and then shipped to us by boat.’
      • ‘The two submarines are not dissimilar in size, with the British boats being slightly larger than her French twin.’
      • ‘Whether you arrive in a boat, a plane, or a cruise ship, you owe it to yourself to take a tour.’
      • ‘In order to make any size of boat viable, you have to have kill more and more fish.’
      • ‘Investigative reporter Brian Ross packed up some depleted uranium in a suitcase and shipped it by boat from Jakarta to Los Angeles.’
      • ‘The patrol boat's galley is of course about the size of a small suburban bathroom, and full of machinery, ovens, ranges and so on.’
      • ‘The former trawler and scalloper will start a new life as a general cargo boat operating between the islands and France.’
      • ‘They were higher than any other boat when the little ship gave a lurch downwards and uttered a slow groan.’
      • ‘It is my opinion that the Caribbean will have a banner year this year with more boats of all sizes.’
      • ‘So this was why the Golden Plunderer was the most famous of them all; it had robbed every boat, every ship, every city, of its riches.’
      • ‘They really did sail in those open boats, sometimes travelling for days over open water, with twenty or thirty or even as many as sixty men aboard.’
      • ‘Each ship or boat nearing the platforms is boarded and searched before being allowed to continue on to the platforms.’
      • ‘Fachri said it was not recommended for fishing boats, ferries or other big boats to sail in the affected areas.’
      • ‘Probably a better course of action for arriving boats is to make for the next major island, Maui.’
      • ‘Some of the boats keel over and sink, spilling pilgrims and fuel into the harbour.’
  • 2A serving dish in the shape of a boat.

    ‘a gravy boat’
    • ‘This week everyone gets a free Gravy Boat and after a few shipping problems everyone ends up with a dozen gravy boats after weeks of promises by the manager to set things straight.’
    • ‘Graceful gravy boats in two sizes serve the whole crowd or provide individual service of gravy, cheese sauce, hot fudge and more.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Travel or go in a boat for pleasure.

    ‘they boated through fjords’
    ‘she likes to go boating’
    • ‘I told her to go boating with me and she didn't like the idea at all.’
    • ‘Water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, sail boating and snorkeling are complimentary on the entire Windstar line.’
    • ‘You should always use a little risk management when you go boating.’
    • ‘He also was heavily involved in a range of activities, including swimming, sailing, boating and surf lifesaving.’
    • ‘This was the first time I'd ever actually been invited to go boating with them.’
    • ‘It has vast potential for commerce with boating, cycling, walkers and pleasure cruising.’
    • ‘The couple spend their time skiing, golfing, boating, traveling and socializing with their friends.’
    • ‘However, when we boaters don't take steps to mend relationships with the rest of the shorefront community, we often find ourselves fighting for the right to go boating.’
    • ‘I try to go to Vitosha Mountain and I try to go boating in the lake, I try to be with my family, but it is hard.’
    • ‘There is a pretty sprawling lake where you can hike and go boating out in the country a bit.’
    • ‘Even with all of the state's opportunities to go boating, it wouldn't hurt to have a few more.’
    • ‘My children sit in large basins to go boating in the little pond,’ she said laughing.’
    • ‘Our family suddenly decided that we should go boating.’
    • ‘Some 69 million Americans go boating at least once a year.’
    • ‘People walk around the Potala Palace, go boating on the lake, and then pitch tents to rest.’
    • ‘She also could no longer ride her horse or go boating or camping (which she had previously loved to do).’
    • ‘And when he and his wife, Toni, go boating with friends, Andreas sticks to his dress code.’
    • ‘Many Baby Boomers just didn't have the time to go boating or put up with the hassles.’
    • ‘Youngsters hike, climb a rock wall, swim, fish, go boating and bike along the wooded trails.’
    • ‘In the winter of 1999, Calambokidis and his associates boated through this region and photographed 13 blue whales.’
    sail, yacht, go sailing, cruise, travel by boat
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    1. 1.1with object and adverbial of direction Transport (someone or something) in a boat in a specified direction.
      ‘they boated the timber down the lake’
      • ‘So many estate agents have boated me around Venice, for instance, that I reckon I now know the Serenissima's darkest alleys better than the little red dwarf in Don't Look Now.’
      • ‘They're finding ways to boat them out of the school through boats up onto the bridge but much of the city of course is still under very high levels of water.’
    2. 1.2with object (of an angler) bring a caught fish into a boat.
      • ‘I have ever seen, and it was a further twenty minutes before the fish was finally boated, a magnificent specimen of about seventy pounds.’
      • ‘We moved a lot of fish in the first hour but only one was boated.’
      • ‘We wouldn't have boated nearly so many fish, but it would have been terrific sport.’
      • ‘On the second troll through I latched into a good fish and after a spirited fight we boated my first decent size Nile perch.’
      • ‘Ravensthorpe regular John Caldwell and his boat partner Digby Lewis enjoyed an exciting session boating 20 fish between them.’

Phrases

  • be in the same boat

    • informal Be in the same unfortunate circumstances as others.

      • ‘I know this is not a nice thing to write, and once I was in the same boat, but I do wish workers would not converge on my supermarket at lunchtimes.’
      • ‘If you're in the same boat, at least know you're not the only one.’
      • ‘We are all in the same boat: we both win and we both lose.’
      • ‘And it was about a sense of belonging and being among people who were in the same boat which they wanted projected.’
      • ‘His wish is echoed by many citizens in the same boat: they live in the suburban areas around the city and go downtown to work every day.’
      • ‘I know how you feel about having to use a PC at work… but I don't feel sorry for you, because I'm in the same boat.’
      • ‘Alarm bells started to ring, though, when Mrs Glover helped to set up a support group for other families in the same boat and an event was organised.’
      • ‘I'm in the same boat as Richard Cole and Dr. Henry Lee, and some of the other people on your panel.’
      • ‘A lot of the other employees are in the same boat, having to worry about mortgages and other financial commitments.’
      • ‘I have had friends who have had difficulties and there are so many people in the same boat.’
  • off the boat

    • offensive Recently arrived from a foreign country, and by implication naive or an outsider.

      ‘what are you, fresh off the boat?’
  • push the boat out

    • informal Be lavish in one's spending or celebrations.

      ‘from fine wines to the delights of the theater, this is your chance to push the boat out’
      • ‘It wouldn't be pushing the boat out to say that chief among those ‘people’ would have been John Hartson.’
      • ‘But it's in his determination that his actors should improvise and ad lib on camera that Pawlikowski pushes the boat out.’
      • ‘You could add a good handful of ordinary basil if you're pushing the boat out.’
      • ‘This has been the consequence of the club pushing the boat out to recruit summer signings such as Steve Fulton, Greg Shields and Barry McLaughlin, all to the fore in the recent form upturn.’
      • ‘Festival committee chairman John Norman said: ‘Get on board and push the boat out at Festival Five.’’
      • ‘We are really pushing the boat out for having a library that's going to be proactive.’
      • ‘We wanted to push the boat out and do something a bit special.’
      • ‘SEA cadets in Wootton Bassett will really be pushing the boat out next month to celebrate their silver jubilee.’
      • ‘If you feel like really pushing the boat out, you could consider whisking mum away for a much deserved holiday.’
      • ‘It's going to be tough to get it through before July, but I hope they see the situation has arisen and push the boat out to get it through.’
      • ‘Il Caffe is the best place for people-watching, and if you're pushing the boat out for dinner, L' Incontro, at the Academia side of the square, is hard to beat.’
      • ‘Anyone wishing to push the boat out could add mushrooms, tomato, black pudding and hash browns to make up the ‘Full’ at £3.95.’
      • ‘If you're pushing the boat out, the sprawling Penfolds Grange room has its own gym, a two-person shower, twin free-standing baths and its own mini-wine cellar.’
      • ‘Parents of a profoundly deaf girl are pushing the boat out to say thank you to a Bradford charity.’
      • ‘Players are very expensive and the board have pushed the boat out.’
      • ‘‘The club pushed the boat out and got a real quality presentation for the players and staff,’ he said.’
      • ‘Helen said the family had pushed the boat out for Emma's special day, which started with champagne and strawberries.’
      • ‘So there was much to celebrate last night as the airport pushed the boat out on a party which was called Over the Moon.’
      • ‘Barnoldswick witnessed a spectacular organised display last Sunday pushing the boat out with a breathtaking show.’
      be extravagant, go on a spending spree, splash out, splurge, spare no expense, spend lavishly, spend a lot of money
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  • rock the boat

    • informal Say or do something to disturb an existing situation.

      • ‘They are upset that anyone is now rocking the boat and might endanger their hopes to become enriched.’
      • ‘They feel compelled to be careful about what they say so as not to upset the people around them or rock the boat.’
      • ‘It is obviously easier to move one person, who is not going to rock the boat, than two, who have rocked the boat, and have got off a discipline proceedings.’
      • ‘Nothing rocks the boat of politicians or corporations more than written notice to commence boycotting.’
      • ‘For every thing that goes wrong one way they try to compensate by moving to the other extreme, this rocks the boat even more and they overcompensate back the other way.’
      • ‘Together they are two mature, cash flow rich markets so long as no one rocks the boat.’
      • ‘Angela Rippon rocks the boat gently with Cole Porter's marvellous musical.’
      • ‘What you'll find now is that arts and culture and cultural diversity cuts both sides of politics and no government will go to an election with a policy which effectively rocks the boat on that.’
      • ‘They want to be sure that nobody rocks the boat and no major donors are offended.’
      • ‘It's not true, and for a man to hear the message that the greatest achievement of his life is simply not rocking the boat, not offending anyone, not taking any risks but just being a genuinely swell guy - that kills him.’

Origin

Old English bāt, of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

boat

/boʊt//bōt/