This cargo ship is a very big boat.
- A boat is defined as a vessel used to carry people or cargo on water, or a boat-shaped serving dish.
- An example of a boat is a cargo ship.
- An example of a boat for serving is a gravy boat.
- The definition of boat means to go on a floating vessel on the water.
An example of boat is to sail on a lake.
- a small, open water vehicle propelled by oars, sails, engine, etc.
- a large such vehicle for use in inland waters: an ore boat on the Great Lakes
- any large, seagoing water vehicle; ship: a term in popular use, but not by sailors
- a boat-shaped dish: a gravy boat
Origin of boatMiddle English bot from Old English bat (akin to German and Dutch boot) from Indo-European base an unverified form bheid-, to split (in the sense “hollowed-out tree trunk”) from source fission
- to lay or carry in the boat: to boat the oars
- to pull or lift into a boat: to boat a fish
in the same boat
miss the boat
rock the boat
- a. A relatively small, usually open craft of a size that might be carried aboard a ship.b. An inland vessel of any size.c. A ship or submarine.
- A dish shaped like a boat: a sauce boat.
verbboat·ed, boat·ing, boats
- To travel by boat.
- To ride a boat for pleasure.
- To transport by boat.
- To place in a boat.
Origin of boatMiddle English bot from Old English bāt ; see bheid- in Indo-European roots.
- A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
- (poker slang) A full house.
- A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape.
- a stone boat; a gravy boat
- (chemistry) One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
- (Australia, politics, informal) The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.
(third-person singular simple present boats, present participle boating, simple past and past participle boated)
- (intransitive) To travel by boat.
- To transport in a boat.
- to boat goods
- To place in a boat.
- to boat oars
From Middle English boot, bot, boet, boyt (“boat”), from Old English bāt (“boat”), from Proto-Germanic *baitaz, *baitą (“boat, small ship”), from Proto-Indo-European *bheid- (“to break, split”). Cognate with Old Norse beit (“boat”).