from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong, seaworthy boat that can be launched or landed in heavy surf.
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- n. Alternative spelling of surf boat.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A boat intended for use in heavy surf. It is built with a pronounced sheer, and with a view to resist the shock of waves and of contact with the beach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A boat of a peculiarly strong and buoyant type, capable of passing safely through surf.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a boat that can be launched or landed in heavy surf
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The 'surfboat' was about a quarter of a mile offshore 125 miles north of Sydney when the crew, most of who have been volunteer surf lifesavers for just a few months, encountered the shark.
And guess what, we saw a surfboat from Queensland in the main street…
So he tried to forget about it, and make up his mind that he could find plenty of congenial work looking after his traps and assisting Abner's wife during the winter, with occasional trips across the sound, and possibly a chance to pull an oar in the surfboat, should luck favor him.
Tom, the poor fellow with the broken leg, was bearing up bravely, and only bemoaned the fact that, if there should be any necessity for the launching of the surfboat he could not do his duty.
There was a simultaneous movement on the part of the entire crew, and as the sturdy men put their shoulders to the task the surfboat shot forward just at the proper instant when a wave expended itself upon the sloping beach.
Only when the surfboat rose on a billow could they be lowered, for at other times the distance was so great that the deck of the steamer looked as far away as the roof of a tall building.
He was still filled with the deepest admiration for these men of the coast, and his determination to follow their arduous calling when he grew big enough to take an oar in the surfboat was undiminished.
All that time those devoted men must be on the watch, ready to man their surfboat again and take their lives in hand, should another vessel strike the dangerous reefs that were marked upon the chart as the worst within a hundred miles of Hatteras.
The surfboat was, after some maneuvering, gotten in such a position under the lee of the steamer that a rope could be thrown aboard.
Once fully launched upon the swelling bosom of the sea, the progress of the surfboat was more rapid, though every yard had to be won by the most arduous of labor, the men straining like galley slaves under the lash; but in this case it was a sense of duty rather than the whip of the tyrant that urged them on.