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  • noun Plural form of steamboat.

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Examples

  • “Floating palaces,” people called steamboats, and “moving mountains of light and flame.”

    Mark Twain

  • “Floating palaces,” people called steamboats, and “moving mountains of light and flame.”

    Mark Twain

  • "steamboats" -- change them to all-electric paddlewheelers, with charging stations up and down the Nile River.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • When Mr. Rogers supposes that if the miracles had not really happened they would have been challenged, he is assuming that a state of mind existed in which it was possible for miracles to be challenged; and thus commits an anachronism as monstrous as if he had attributed the knowledge of some modern invention, such as steamboats, to those early ages.

    The Unseen World, and Other Essays

  • When Mr. Rogers supposes that if the miracles had not really happened they would have been challenged, he is assuming that a state of mind existed in which it was possible for miracles to be challenged; and thus commits an anachronism as monstrous as if he had attributed the knowledge of some modern invention, such as steamboats, to those early ages.

    The Unseen World and Other Essays

  • But this curious phenomenon became a national obsession with the advent of steamboats and railroads in the early 1800s, when, for the first time, isolated white Americans from all over the country could easily travel south to see large numbers of black people in person.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • By the 1840s, when the curious could ride a train from New York City to Pittsburgh, then take steamboats to the cotton fields of Mississippi, whites all over America were acting black.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The quartet, dressed as slaves, sang songs and told jokes in black dialect and did their best to perform the dances that Emmett had seen on the streets of Cincinnati, on Kentucky plantations, and on the steamboats that plied the Ohio River.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Indeed those lilting, surging melodies, while not actually descriptive, seem inspired by the Danube's currents and the whirlpools and swells churned up by the paddle wheels of its steamboats.

    The Waltz That Defines Vienna

  • Vintage steamboats, refitted barges and buoyed inns offer adventurous guests water views and even a little ocean-like motion.

    Anchored, Away

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