The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Boat \Boat\ (b[=o]t), n. [OE. boot, bat, AS. b[=a]t; akin to
Icel. b[=a]tr, Sw. b[*a]t, Dan. baad, D. & G. boot. Cf.
1. A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars
or paddles, but often by a sail.
Note: Different kinds of boats have different names; as,
canoe, yawl, wherry, pinnace, punt, etc.
2. Hence, any vessel; usually with some epithet descriptive
of its use or mode of propulsion; as, pilot boat, packet
boat, passage boat, advice boat, etc. The term is
sometimes applied to steam vessels, even of the largest
class; as, the Cunard boats.
3. A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in
shape; as, a stone boat; a gravy boat.
Note: Boat is much used either adjectively or in combination;
as, boat builder or boatbuilder; boat building or
boatbuilding; boat hook or boathook; boathouse; boat
keeper or boatkeeper; boat load; boat race; boat
racing; boat rowing; boat song; boatlike; boat-shaped.
Advice boat. See under Advice.
Boat hook (Naut.), an iron hook with a point on the back,
fixed to a long pole, to pull or push a boat, raft, log,
Boat rope, a rope for fastening a boat; -- usually called a
In the same boat, in the same situation or predicament.
[Colloq.] --F. W. Newman.