From Middle English boot, bot, boet, boyt (“boat”), from Old English bāt (“boat”), from Proto-Germanic *baitaz, *baitą (“boat, small ship”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰeyd- (“to break, split”). Cognate with Old Norse beit (“boat”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: bōt, IPA(key): /bəʊt/
- Rhymes: -əʊt
- (General American) enPR: bōt, IPA(key): /boʊt/
- Rhymes: -oʊt
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boat (plural boats)
- A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
2013 August 3, “Yesterday’s fuel”, The Economist, volume 408, number 8847:
- The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices).
- (poker slang) A full house.
- A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape.
- a stone boat; a gravy boat
- (chemistry) One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
- (Australia, politics, informal) The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.
- Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523
- (intransitive) To travel by boat.
- (transitive) To transport in a boat.
- to boat goods
- (transitive) To place in a boat.
- to boat oars
boat (1701, used in the form berboat)
- Obsolete form of buat.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1701 Bowrey's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.