naphtha-launch love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A launch the motive power of which is derived from the explosion of naphtha in the engine-cylinder.


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  • Then, another day, not long before, I coaxed some big boys who have a naphtha-launch to give the 'Balls a sail on it down the bay.

    The Brass Bound Box

  • You know that a man named Mears made the circuit in thirty-five days about seven years ago, and he had to depend on slow steam trains and steamships, aided by a naphtha-launch. "

    Around the World in Ten Days


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