boatlift

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

boat +‎ lift

Noun[edit]

boatlift (plural boatlifts)

  1. The (often clandestine) transportation of a large number of people or amount of goods by boat, especially an exodus of people.
  2. (also boat lift) A mechanism for lifting boats from the water, or between water on different elevations.

Verb[edit]

boatlift (third-person singular simple present boatlifts, present participle boatlifting, simple past and past participle boatlifted)

  1. (transitive) To transport (a large exodus of people, etc.) by boat.