from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A relatively small, usually open craft of a size that might be carried aboard a ship.
  • n. An inland vessel of any size.
  • n. A ship or submarine.
  • n. A dish shaped like a boat: a sauce boat.
  • intransitive v. To travel by boat.
  • intransitive v. To ride a boat for pleasure.
  • transitive v. To transport by boat.
  • transitive v. To place in a boat.
  • idiom in the same boat In the same situation as another or others.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
  • n. A full house.
  • n. One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
  • v. To travel by boat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail.
  • n. Hence, any vessel; usually with some epithet descriptive of its use or mode of propulsion; The term is sometimes applied to steam vessels, even of the largest class.
  • n. A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape.
  • transitive v. To transport in a boat.
  • transitive v. To place in a boat.
  • intransitive v. To go or row in a boat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A small vessel or water-craft; especially, a small open vessel moved by oars.
  • n. Any vessel for navigation: usually described by another word or by a prefix denoting its use or mode of propulsion: as, a packet-boat, passage-boat, steamboat, etc. The term is frequently applied colloquially to vessels even of the largest size.
  • n. Any open dish or vessel resembling a boat: as, a gravy-boat; a butter-boat.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, the vessel containing the incense to be placed in the thurible when needed.
  • To transport in a boat: as, to boat goods across a lake.
  • To provide with boats.
  • To go in a boat; row.
  • n. A narrow, shallow vessel of platinum or porcelain which serves to hold a substance that is to be subjected to ultimate analysis, or to the action of gases, and which for that purpose is placed in a glass or porcelain tube.
  • n. A small device attached to each side of a loom for weaving a plain selvage in a fabric having a twill or figured weave.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a dish (often boat-shaped) for serving gravy or sauce
  • n. a small vessel for travel on water
  • v. ride in a boat on water


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bot, from Old English bāt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English boot, bot, boet, boyt ("boat"), from Old English bāt ("boat"), from Proto-Germanic *baitaz, *baitan (“boat, small ship”), from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (“to break, split”). Cognate with Old Norse beit ("boat").



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