from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A steamship, especially one used on rivers and other inland waterways.
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- n. A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A boat or vessel propelled by steam power; -- generally used of river or coasting craft, as distinguished from ocean steamers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel propelled by steam-power.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a boat propelled by a steam engine
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The term steamboat is usually used to refer to smaller steam-powered boats working on lakes and rivers, particularly riverboats; steamship generally refers to larger steam-powered ships, usually ocean-going, capable of carrying a (ship's) boat.
He is on white man's fire-boat, what you call steamboat, only he is on boat maybe twenty times bigger than steamboat on Yukon.
The steamboat is claimed as the “exclusive” discovery of Fulton, Jouffroy, Rumsey, Stevens and Symmington.
Silverheaded; but, to my great relief, it turned out that the steamboat is not running.
White aw black aw octoroom free niggeh, Phyllis gwine to choose de old Hayle home and de great riveh -- full o 'steamboat' -- sooneh'n any lan 'whah de ain't mo'n one 'oman to de mile.
Now the steamboat is a paddlewheel-sporting boutique hotel permanently moored at Coolidge Park Landing in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn.
This steamboat, which is called the Burlington, is a perfectly exquisite achievement of neatness, elegance, and order.
The steamboat was the first man-made apparatus to radically interrupt the arcadian wilderness, collapse vast distance, and discharge the artifacts of distant cultures into remote places.
If the river was, as T. S. Eliot later wrote, “a strong brown god,” the steamboat was the godhead.
There, on the deck of the steamboat were the old Bohemian and the woman.