Boat Boat (b[=o]t), n. [OE. boot, bat, AS. b[=a]t; akin to Icel. b[=a]tr, Sw. b[*a]t, Dan. baad, D. & G. boot. Cf. {Bateau}.] [1913 Webster] 1. A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail. [1913 Webster]

Note: Different kinds of boats have different names; as, canoe, yawl, wherry, pinnace, punt, etc. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, any vessel; usually with some epithet descriptive of its use or mode of propulsion; as, pilot boat, packet boat, passage boat, advice boat, etc. The term is sometimes applied to steam vessels, even of the largest class; as, the Cunard boats. [1913 Webster]

3. A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape; as, a stone boat; a gravy boat. [1913 Webster]

Note: Boat is much used either adjectively or in combination; as, boat builder or boatbuilder; boat building or boatbuilding; boat hook or boathook; boathouse; boat keeper or boatkeeper; boat load; boat race; boat racing; boat rowing; boat song; boatlike; boat-shaped. [1913 Webster]

{Advice boat}. See under {Advice}.

{Boat hook} (Naut.), an iron hook with a point on the back, fixed to a long pole, to pull or push a boat, raft, log, etc. --Totten.

{Boat rope}, a rope for fastening a boat; -- usually called a {painter}.

{In the same boat}, in the same situation or predicament. [Colloq.] --F. W. Newman. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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