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  • n. A boat used to transport mail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a boat that carries the mail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A steamboat or steamship which carries the mail on lakes, rivers, or the sea. Also mail-steamer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a boat for carrying mail
  • n. a boat for carrying mail


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  • The coming-in of the mailboat was the one large public event of a summer day, and I was disappointed at seeing none of my intimate friends but Johnny Bowden, who had evidently done nothing all winter but grow, so that his short sea-smitten clothes gave him a look of poverty.

    William's Wedding

  • Leaning on it he looked down on the water and on the mailboat clearing the harbourmouth of Kingstown. —


  • All traffic through the Free State was of course interrupted, and to reach Natal involved a railway journey of 700 miles by De Aar Junction and Stormberg to Port Elizabeth, and thence by a small mailboat or tug to Durban—four days in all.


  • And he had hoped to avoid all this; or rather to hoard this seeing for one final gulp from the mailboat rail.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Once again, the mailboat receded into the Irish Sea.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • He had come up beside, and he nodded to the plume of the mailboat as it hurried in from a strange direction.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Come back to Erin, mavourneen, mavourneen, and the grand resonant mournful horn of the mailboat in reply.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • He got up and Jim followed to the Peak Rock, a granite outcrop where they could watch the mailboat inch its way.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • The mailboat had entered between the piers and he saw the passengers crowding the decks.

    At Swim, Two Boys

  • Soldiers, hundreds of them, sure what was he saying, half a battalion at the very least, and the scrunch of their boots on the road, all in step, at a marching gait, in column of two files, coming up from the mailboat pier.

    At Swim, Two Boys


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