Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The number of passengers or the amount of cargo that a boat can hold.

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  • noun slang A large quantity.

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  • noun the amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship or a freight car

Etymologies

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From boat + load. Notionally, because the commodity in question might have constituted the entire load of a cargo ship or boat.

Examples

  • U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said that despite a "boatload" of problems with the Basra operation, he was encouraged that the S.iite-led government was finally confronting extremists regardless of their religious affiliation.

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  • Perhaps there are companies that didn't order a "boatload" of new ships, and therefore represent safe investments that can be had at a fraction of their long-term value?

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  • After Google announced it had struck a deal with YouTube on its own, Viacom employees continued to post a "boatload" of clips to the video site, according to a Viacom e-mail released Thursday.

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  • Either she knew 60 days ago that she was getting no upfront payment and made a misguided "boatload" comment, or Microsoft really turned the screws on her in the last few weeks and stuffed lousy terms down her throat that she had to take.

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  • Some of the highlights from the evening included the reassurance that Bill and Sookie will be holding strong and among the "boatload" of new characters coming in the new season will be werewolf Alcide.

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  • Some of the highlights from the evening included the reassurance that Bill and Sookie will be holding strong and among the "boatload" of new characters coming in the new season will be werewolf Alcide.

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  • A 'boatload' of the others have been retracted or proven false almost as soon as they have arisen.

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  • Disney announces 'boatload' of new projects: Johnny Depp to star in 3 features!!

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  • For the Tea Party: a boatload of petards upon which they can hoist themselves.

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  • For the Tea Party: a boatload of petards upon which they can hoist themselves.

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