towboat
noun Date: 1815 1. tugboat 2. a compact shallow-draft boat with a squared bow designed and fitted for pushing tows of barges on inland waterways

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  • Towboat — Tow boat , n. 1. A vessel constructed for being towed, as a canal boat. [1913 Webster] 2. A steamer used for towing other vessels; a tug. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • towboat — [tō′bōt΄] n. 1. TUGBOAT ☆ 2. a boat used for pushing a barge or group of barges in inland waters …   English World dictionary

  • Towboat — A towboat is a boat designed for pushing barges. Towboats are characterized by a square bow with steel knees for pushing and powerful engines. They are most often seen on inland waterways and western rivers where they can push more than 50 large… …   Wikipedia

  • towboat — Tug Tug, n. 1. A pull with the utmost effort, as in the athletic contest called tug of war; a supreme effort. [1913 Webster] At the tug he falls, Vast ruins come along, rent from the smoking walls. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. A sort of vehicle,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • towboat — /toh boht /, n. 1. a diesel powered or steam powered boat used esp. on inland waterways to push groups of barges lashed to it in front or on one side or both. 2. tugboat. [1805 15; TOW1 + BOAT] * * * …   Universalium

  • towboat — noun a squat powerful boat designed to push barges …   Wiktionary

  • towboat — n. tug boat, powerful boat used to pull or push large ships …   English contemporary dictionary

  • towboat — n. Tug, steam tug …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • towboat — tow•boat [[t]ˈtoʊˌboʊt[/t]] n. 1) navig. a boat used to push groups of barges, esp. in inland waterways 2) naut. navig. tugboat • Etymology: 1805–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • towboat — /ˈtoʊboʊt/ (say tohboht) noun → tugboat. {tow1 + boat} …   Australian English dictionary

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