steamboat

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English[edit]

Robert Fulton's Clermont
 steamboat on Wikipedia

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Etymology[edit]

Compound of steam +‎ boat.

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Noun[edit]

steamboat (countable and uncountable, plural steamboats)

  1. A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
    Synonyms: steamer, steamship
    • 1870, Mark Twain, chapter 3, in Life on the Mississippi[1]:
      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.
  2. (uncountable, Singapore, Malaysia) Hot pot (Chinese dish).

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Descendants[edit]

  • Dutch: stoomboot (calque)
  • Ottoman Turkish: ⁧استمبوط(istimbot)

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Verb[edit]

steamboat (third-person singular simple present steamboats, present participle steamboating, simple past and past participle steamboated)

  1. To travel by steamboat.

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