boat - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a small vehicle that people use for travelling 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.

  2. 2
    a ship, especially one that carries passengers

    a pleasure boat

    a boat trip on the river