Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The business of operating steamboats.
- n. Undue hurrying and slighting of work.
- n. A method of cutting many boards for book-covers at one operation, instead of cutting them singly.
- adj. The process of crewing or operating a steamboat, or travelling as a passenger on one.
- n. steamboat traffic
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The occupation or business of running a steamboat, or of transporting merchandise, passengers, etc., by steamboats.
- n. (Bookbinding) The shearing of a pile of books which are as yet uncovered, or out of boards.
“It was evident that he was fast becoming disgusted with his first attempt at "steamboating," but was too proud to ask advice.”
“I got to telling him about old Mississippi days of steamboating glory & grandeur as I saw them…from the pilot house.”
“Like Sammy, he was enthralled with steamboating as a lad.”
“He recalled its “desperate reputation” in the steamboating days of his youth—“plenty of drinking, carousing, fisticuffing, and killing there, among the riff-raff of the river, in those days.””
“It was one of the worst explosions in the history of steamboating.”
“The Negros hung enchanted upon a great story of her experiences, interrupting her all along with eager questions, with laughter, exclamations of delight, and expressions of applause; and she was obliged to confess to herself that if there was anything better in this world than steamboating, it was the glory to be got by telling about it.”
“In the morning they hitched up the horse and drove to the river bank, but the ice had entirely disappeared during the night and the steamboating was again good.”
“I feel safe in saying that during the palmy days of steamboating, more than one thousand different steamers brought emigrants, their household goods and stock to this commonwealth.”
“In spite of the fact that the boats were flat-bottomed and small, it was real steamboating of an exciting nature at least.”
“My companions in toil swore bitterly about everything in general and steamboating in particular.”
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