from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A moored boat used to mark the end of a course or a turning-point in a regatta or boat-race.


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  • Another command on the Olympia's as the second stake boat was neared and the Olympia's crew was holding it at forty, a slip to tell, and the boats rounded the second stake-boat bows even.

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  • And forty - two did the trick, for forty-six could not be held, and the Olympia's cutter swept past the stake-boat a length in the lead, while Captain

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  • The Chicago was still pulling a splendid thirty-eight as they swept by the stake-boat, but once the turn was made oars flashed up to forty-two, for the Olympia's nose had forged half a length ahead after that turn.

    Peggy Stewart: Navy Girl at Home

  • This was a big undertaking, and many people thought it would never be accomplished; the successful aeronaut had to travel more than three miles in one direction, round the Eiffel Tower as a racing yacht rounds a stake-boat, and return to the starting point, all within thirty minutes -- _i. e.

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  • With the air of a cup-racer turning the stake-boat she rounded the steel spire, a run of three and three-fifth miles, in nine minutes (at the rate of more than twenty-two miles an hour), and started on the home-stretch.

    Stories of Inventors The Adventures of Inventors and Engineers

  • The racers had rounded the second stake-boat, and the course of the triangle headed them directly for the lurid cloud.

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