Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The business of operating steamboats.
  • noun Undue hurrying and slighting of work.
  • noun A method of cutting many boards for book-covers at one operation, instead of cutting them singly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The occupation or business of running a steamboat, or of transporting merchandise, passengers, etc., by steamboats.
  • noun (Bookbinding) The shearing of a pile of books which are as yet uncovered, or out of boards.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective The process of crewing or operating a steamboat, or travelling as a passenger on one.
  • noun steamboat traffic

Etymologies

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Examples

  • It was evident that he was fast becoming disgusted with his first attempt at "steamboating," but was too proud to ask advice.

    Frank on the Lower Mississippi

  • I got to telling him about old Mississippi days of steamboating glory & grandeur as I saw them…from the pilot house.

    Mark Twain

  • It was one of the worst explosions in the history of steamboating.

    Mark Twain

  • It was one of the worst explosions in the history of steamboating.

    Mark Twain

  • He recalled its “desperate reputation” in the steamboating days of his youth—“plenty of drinking, carousing, fisticuffing, and killing there, among the riff-raff of the river, in those days.”

    Mark Twain

  • He recalled its “desperate reputation” in the steamboating days of his youth—“plenty of drinking, carousing, fisticuffing, and killing there, among the riff-raff of the river, in those days.”

    Mark Twain

  • I got to telling him about old Mississippi days of steamboating glory & grandeur as I saw them…from the pilot house.

    Mark Twain

  • Like Sammy, he was enthralled with steamboating as a lad.

    Mark Twain

  • Like Sammy, he was enthralled with steamboating as a lad.

    Mark Twain

  • The Negros hung enchanted upon a great story of her experiences, interrupting her all along with eager questions, with laughter, exclamations of delight, and expressions of applause; and she was obliged to confess to herself that if there was anything better in this world than steamboating, it was the glory to be got by telling about it.

    Pudd'nhead Wilson

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  • Century Dictionary: "3. A method of cutting many boards for book-covers at one operation, instead of cutting them singly."

    December 12, 2010