Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various small, swift boats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large Dutch coasting vessel.
  • n. A kind of passenger boat formerly used on canals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large Dutch coasting vessel.
  • n. A kind of passenger boat formerly used on canals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large flat-bottomed Dutch vessel with a high stem, of a kind chiefly employed in the coasting-trade, having a burden of from 400 to 600 tons.
  • n. A light, swift sail-boat.
  • n. A long, narrow, flat-bottomed boat used for the transportation in canals and rivers of goods requiring to be carefully packed and kept dry. Also called swift-boat.

Etymologies

Alteration and partial translation of Dutch vlieboot : Vlie, a channel off the island of Vlieland in the northern Netherlands + boot, boat.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
fly +‎ boat: compare Dutch vlieboot. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A felibote (Spanish) or flibot (French) or “flyboat,” in one of its early meanings, was, as defined by R. M. Nance, “an enlarged, ship-rigged barge, contrived to carry as much merchandise as possible with the smallest possible crew.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Champlain mentioned a third type of ocean-going vessel, which he called a flibot, a flyboat.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Champlain went aboard the flyboat and talked with Louis Kirke about his Indian girls.

    Champlain's Dream

  • On July 20, the English sailed up to Quebec in three vessels, a flyboat and two pinnaces, with twenty-two guns and 150 men.

    Champlain's Dream

  • "Do you think yon Outsider flyboat may attack us?"

    Ensign Flandry

  • Swan, a flyboat of 50 tons, Captain John Chester; and the

    Under Drake's Flag A Tale of the Spanish Main

  • At dinner-tables or social gatherings, in churches and king's courts, in public carriage or public flyboat, scandal pursues me, and calumny defiles my name.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects

  • On Sunday the 5 of Aprill we gaue chase to a double flyboat, the which, we also the same day fought with, and tooke her, with losse of three of their men slaine, and one hurt.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation. Vol. XIII. America. Part II.

  • Voetboog was a three-mast flyboat, which left the port of Batavia (now Jakarta) for The Netherlands with a 109-member crew on board, the expedition leader Attila K. Szaloky told MTI,

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  • Champlain’s personal belongings were put aboard the English flyboat.74

    Champlain's Dream

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