boat

\ \ [OE] In origin, the word boat seems to be restricted to northern parts of Europe: Old English bāt and Old Norse beit are the only early examples (German boot was borrowed from them, and French bateau comes from the English word). They point to a common Germanic origin in *bait-. It has been speculated that this may be related to bittpost for fastening ship’s cables’. If true, this could mean that boat originally referred to one or other of the structural members of a wooden vessel.

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boat — W2S1 [bəut US bout] n [: Old English; Origin: bat] 1.) 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 ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • boat — [bōt] n. [ME bot < OE bat (akin to Ger & Du boot) < IE base * bheid , to split (in the sense “hollowed out tree trunk”) > FISSION] 1. a small, open water vehicle propelled by oars, sails, engine, etc. 2. a large such vehicle for use in… …   English World dictionary

  • boat — ► NOUN 1) a vessel for travelling on water. 2) a boat shaped serving dish for sauce or gravy. ► VERB ▪ travel in a boat for pleasure. ● be in the same boat Cf. ↑be in the same boat ● …   English terms dictionary

  • boat — [ bout ] noun count *** 1. ) a small vehicle that people use for traveling on water. Boats are usually smaller than ships, and are moved by means of sails, OARS, or motors: by boat: The only way to get there was by boat. => POWERBOAT, ROWBOAT …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Boat — (b[=o]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Boated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Boating}.] 1. To transport in a boat; as, to boat goods. [1913 Webster] 2. To place in a boat; as, to boat oars. [1913 Webster] {To boat the oars}. See under {Oar}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boat — boat, vessel, ship, craft are comparable when they denote a floating structure designed to carry persons or goods over water. Boat is sometimes used as a general designation of such a structure but more specifically it is applicable to a small,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • boat — (n.) O.E. bat boat, ship, vessel, from P.Gmc. *bait (Cf. O.N. batr, Du. boot, Ger. Boot), possibly from PIE root *bheid to split (see FISSURE (Cf. fissure)), with the sense of making a boat by hollowing out a tree trunk; or it may be an extension …   Etymology dictionary

  • Boat — Boat, v. i. To go or row in a boat. [1913 Webster] I boated over, ran my craft aground. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boat — A boat is a ‘small vessel propelled on water’ by various means, and includes vessels used for fishing, for cargo, or to carry passengers. A ship is a large sea going vessel, especially when part of a navy. A submarine, however, despite its… …   Modern English usage

  • BOAT/US — Boat Owners Association of the United States (Governmental » Transportation) …   Abbreviations dictionary

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