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

  • n. See tugboat.
  • n. A powerful, shallow-draft boat with a broad bow, intended to push barges on rivers and canals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a squat powerful boat designed to push barges
  • n. A vessel constructed for being towed, such as a canal boat.
  • n. A steamer used for towing other vessels; a tug.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A vessel constructed for being towed, as a canal boat.
  • n. A steamer used for towing other vessels; a tug.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any boat employed in towing a ship or vessel; a tugboat.

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

  • n. a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships


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