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Topic: WATER

Language: Old English
Origin: bat

boat

noun
     
boat S1 W2 [countable]
1TTW a vehicle that travels across water:
If we had a boat, we could row across to the island.
a fishing boat
on/in a boat
MacKay said he would sleep on his boat.
by boat
Some of the beaches can only be reached by boat.
The tour includes boat trips up the river.
lifeboat, motorboat, powerboat, rowing boat, speedboat, steamboat
2 informalTTW a ship, especially one that carries passengers:
We're taking the night boat to St. Malo.
3

be in the same boat (as somebody)

to be in the same unpleasant situation as someone else:
Everyone has lost their job. We're all in the same boat.
gravy boat, sauce boat

; ➔ burn your bridges/boats

at burn1 (18)

; ➔ miss the boat

at miss1 (14)

; ➔ push the boat out

at push1 (15)

; ➔ rock the boat

at rock2 (3)
WORD FOCUS: ship WORD FOCUS: ship
a ship that carries people: passenger ship, cruise ship, liner, ferry, ro-ro

a ship that carries goods: cargo ship, merchant ship, freighter, oil tanker, super tanker, barge

a small ship: boat, motorboat, powerboat

a ship with sails: yacht, dinghy, sailing ship, sailing boat British English/sailboat American English, catamaran

a fighting ship: warship, aircraft carrier, battleship, cruiser, frigate, destroyer, minesweeper, gunboat, man-of-war old-fashioned

a ship that people live on: houseboat, narrow boat British English

a ship that goes under water: submarine

people on a ship: sailor, captain, passenger, seaman, the crew

parts of a ship: deck, cabin, porthole, engine room, mast, rudder, hull
ship

See also
ship
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