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steamboat (plural steamboats)
- A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
- 1870 By and by the steamboat intruded. Then for fifteen or twenty years, these men continued to run their keelboats down-stream, and the steamers did all of the upstream business, the keelboatmen selling their boats in New Orleans, and returning home as deck passengers in the steamers. — Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi, Chapter 3.
vessel powered by steam