whaleboat
noun Date: 1682 1. a long narrow rowboat made with both ends sharp and raking, often steered with an oar, and formerly used by whalers for hunting whales 2. a long narrow rowboat or motorboat resembling the original whaleboats and often carried by warships and merchant ships

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  • whaleboat — ☆ whaleboat [hwāl′bōt΄, wāl′bōt΄ ] n. 1. a large, long rowboat, pointed at both ends to increase maneuverability: used formerly by whalers 2. a similar boat, now often one with a motor (motor whaleboat), used as a ship s lifeboat and utility boat …   English World dictionary

  • Whaleboat — Whale boat , n. (Naut.) A long, narrow boat, sharp at both ends, used by whalemen. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Whaleboat — A whaleboat is a type of open boat that is relatively narrow and pointed at both ends, enabling it to move either forwards or backwards equally well. It was originally developed for whaling, and later became popular for work along beaches, since… …   Wikipedia

  • whaleboat — /hwayl boht , wayl /, n. a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue. [1665 75; WHALE1 + BOAT] * * * ▪ boat       light, swift, rowing and sailing boat fitted with a… …   Universalium

  • whaleboat — noun a) A long narrow rowing boat, formerly used in whaling, which is pointed at both ends so that it can move either forwards or backwards equally well. b) A boat resembling this and carried on a warship or other ship …   Wiktionary

  • whaleboat — n. long narrow boat built for easy maneuverability (originally for hunting whales, now used as a rescue boat) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • whaleboat — noun a long manoeuvrable rowing boat with a bow at each end, formerly used in whaling …   English new terms dictionary

  • whaleboat — whale•boat [[t]ˈ(h)weɪlˌboʊt, ˈweɪl [/t]] n. naut. navig. a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

  • whaleboat — /ˈweɪlboʊt/ (say waylboht) noun a type of very handy boat designed for quick turning and use in rough sea; formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue. {whale1 + boat} …   Australian English dictionary

  • whaleboat —   Huelopoki …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

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