Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small powerful boat designed for towing or pushing larger vessels.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A strongly built steamboat used for towing sailing and other vessels; a towboat; a tug.

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

  • noun See tug, n., 3.

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

  • noun A small, powerful boat used to push or pull barges or to help maneuver larger vessels.

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

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

Etymologies

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From tug +‎ boat.

Examples

  • The tugboat is Italian-flagged, but its ownership was unclear.

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  • A preliminary federal report says an idled tour boat and nearby vessels repeatedly called the tugboat guiding the barge that hit and sank the craft, killing two Hungarian students.

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  • PHILADELPHIA - A preliminary federal report says an idled tour boat and nearby vessels repeatedly called the tugboat guiding the barge that hit and sank the craft, killing two

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  • The only other way to gelift boats to the continent would be by pushing them with a tugboat, which is a slow and possibly dangerous process.

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  • A preliminary federal report says an idled tour boat and nearby vessels repeatedly called the tugboat guiding the barge that hit and sank the craft, killing two Hungarian students.

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  • PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A preliminary federal report says an idled tour boat and nearby vessels repeatedly called the tugboat guiding the barge that hit and sank the craft, killing two

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  • No one was onboard the tugboat, which is registered to F&A Enterprises in St. Augustine.

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  • No one was onboard the tugboat, which is registered to F&A Enterprises in St. Augustine.

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  • Work to remove the partially sunken tugboat, which is west of the 10th Street Bridge, is expected to start in a couple of hours.

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  • But its hands are tied in key respects by international agreements, some several decades old, that give primacy to commercial shipping and make basic safety measures such as tugboat escorts optional rather than mandatory.

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