boat: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bōt), [key]
- a vessel for transport by water, constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit propulsion.
- a small ship, generally for specialized use: a fishing boat.
- a small vessel carried for use by a large one, as a lifeboat: They lowered the boats for evacuation.
- a ship.
- a vessel of any size built for navigation on a river or other inland body of water.
- a serving dish resembling a boat: a gravy boat; a celery boat.
- a container for holding incense before it is placed in the censer.
- in the same circumstances; faced with the same problems: The new recruits were all in the same boat.
- He missed the boat when he applied too late to get into college.
- to fail to take advantage of an opportunity:He missed the boat when he applied too late to get into college.
- to miss the point of; fail to understand:I missed the boat on that explanation.
- See(def. 12).
- to go in a boat: We boated down the Thames.
- to transport in a boat: They boated us across the bay.
- to remove (an oar) from the water and place athwartships. Cf. ship (def. 11).
- boat (Thesaurus)