from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large flatbottom boat with square ends, used chiefly for transporting freight.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large flat-bottomed boat, having broad, square ends.
  • v. To transport in a scow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large flat-bottomed boat, having broad, square ends.
  • transitive v. To transport in a scow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To transport in a scow.
  • n. A kind of large flat-bottomed boat used chiefly as a lighter; a pram.
  • n. A small boat made of willows, etc., and covered with skins; a ferry-boat.

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

  • n. any of various flat-bottomed boats with sloping ends
  • n. a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold


Dutch schouw, from Middle Dutch scouwe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • By the time I was sixteen I was sailing in scow-schooners, fishing salmon with the Greeks up the Sacramento River, and serving as sailor on the Fish Patrol.

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  • I was sailing in scow-schooners, fishing salmon with the Greeks up the

    The Joy Of Small-Boat Sailing

  • He shared his garbage tour with M'Buna, and they spent their time chatting desultorily at the controls of the "scow" -actually a reactionless space tractor-while the garbage pods steered, unloaded, and returned themselves.

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  • Shooting rapids in a scow is a very different matter from riding through them on a plank.

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  • Sometimes it is called a scow; but that sounds common.

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  • As the sides of the scow were a little higher than usual, and the interior of the cabin had no more elevation than was necessary for comfort, this unusual addition had neither a very clumsy nor a very obtrusive appearance.

    The Deerslayer

  • At the "scow," as the ferry-boat was called, Peter joined us; he ferried us deftly over the deep and rapid water, and then led on, as rapidly as if it had been daylight, along a path through the pines.

    In the Wrong Paradise

  • To tell the truth, he had not been able to free himself from a lingering fear lest his mother might come after him, before he could get afloat, with orders for some duty or other on shore, and that would have been worse than the little old "scow," a good deal.

    St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9

  • Evidently the prospect of losing further important patients, and thereby running the risk of his professional skill being impeached by the ignorant masses, caused him to give up his fine practice, for he shortly took down his brass plate and accepted an invitation to become engineer on a 12 h.p. steam-propelled "scow" (and flat-bottomed at that), plying between Iquitos and an adjacent Seringal more or less on the dividing-line between the Seringa and cauchouc territory.

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  • [Footnote 23: A batteau is a kind of scow or flat-boat, used on shallow streams like the Hudson above Waterford.] [Footnote 24: Saratoga.

    The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers, 1758-1775 With Numerous Illustrative Notes


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