from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long rowboat, pointed at both ends and designed to move and turn swiftly, formerly used in the pursuit and harpooning of whales.
- n. A boat similar to such a rowboat in size and shape; a whaler.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long narrow rowing boat, formerly used in whaling, which is pointed at both ends so that it can move either forwards or backwards equally well.
- n. A boat resembling this and carried on a warship or other ship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A long, narrow boat, sharp at both ends, used by whalemen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long narrow boat, sharp at both ends, and. fitted for steering with an oar as well as with a rudder, used in the pursuit of whales, and, from its handy and seaworthy qualities, also for many other purposes. It is usually from 20 to 30 feet long.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas
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Not from any sailor in whaleboat or launch could he accept, or would he be offered, a bit of biscuit or an invitation to go ashore for a run.
When the whaleboat was alongside, he descended into it first, superiorly, then invited Nau-hau to accompany him.
The whaleboat was my own, and as I thought of her, I felt pleased that my employers, who were as mean as Polish Jews, would not get to windward of me as far as she was concerned.
At one o'clock, P.m., therefore, Fox and his comrades set off in the whaleboat, which is represented as small in size, and crazy in condition.
At one o'clock, P.M., therefore, Fox and his comrades set off in the whaleboat, which is represented as small in size, and crazy in condition.
As before, the captive Fuatino men towed in the whaleboat.
The Huahine women, laughing and giggling, were holding on to the sides of the whaleboat which had done the towing.
The schooner, moving slowly, jerk by jerk, as the men pulled in the whaleboat, was almost directly beneath.
By canoe and whaleboat, on foot and donkey-back, the five thousand inhabitants of Fitu-Iva had trooped in.
"You're behaving handsomely, Mr. Hall, I must say," Captain Raffy volunteered, as the whaleboat came alongside the Uncle Toby.
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