from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A dinghy or other small boat used by the stewards to bring off marketing for the various messes.


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  • The gardeners navigate the open space between their islands with light boats; and during the short hours of the morning, the market-boat alongside each island is loaded with a cargo of vegetables, fruits, and flowers, which are to be displayed in the great market of Santa Anna.

    Mexico and its Religion With Incidents of Travel in That Country During Parts of the Years 1851-52-53-54, and Historical Notices of Events Connected With Places Visited

  • Jack's market-boat that he had sold years ago, Dan's sweetheart (oh, but Dan was an angry boy!), Penn's bad luck with dory-anchors, Salter's views on manure, Manuel's little slips from virtue ashore, and Harvey's ladylike handling of the oar -- all were laid before the public; and as the fog fell around them in silvery sheets beneath the sun, the voices sounded like a bench of invisible judges pronouncing sentence.

    Captains Courageous

  • I'm o 'Manuel's way o' thinkin 'About tin years back I was crew to a Sou' Boston market-boat.

    Captains Courageous

  • At the Quai de Notre Dame you will find a market-boat starting for Rouen.

    In Kings' Byways

  • Even the little vulgar puffing market-boat that twice a day passed the windings of the old river channel -- the only disturber of solitude -- was kept at so great

    The Zeit-Geist

  • Hundreds of bunches of bananas, many thousands of oranges, yams, taro, chillies, fowls, and pigs were accumulated, until the ship looked like a huge market-boat.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot Round the World After Sperm Whales

  • Not be forced to ride in a market-boat with hard seats.

    Yussuf the Guide The Mountain Bandits; Strange Adventure in Asia Minor

  • But this did not seem to trouble the two Malays, who shifted the position of the boat by pushing it clear of the trees, to one of which they secured the sampan so that it swung in the stream, while they rearranged the greenery that had been collected, and worked hard in the bright moonlight so as to give it some semblance of a market-boat carrying down supplies from higher up the river.

    Trapped by Malays A Tale of Bayonet and Kris

  • They mean to leave the palace in the midst of the masque; there is a market-boat from Leurre to meet them on the river; his servants will be in it. '

    The Chaplet of Pearls

  • After going as far as Meissen on the market-boat, our path lay off the main road, through villages with which I was as yet unfamiliar.

    My Life — Volume 1


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