Pronunciation: (bōt),[key] —n. 1. a vessel for transport by water, constructed to provide buoyancy by excluding water and shaped to give stability and permit propulsion.
2. a small ship, generally for specialized use: a fishing boat. 3. a small vessel carried for use by a large one, as a lifeboat: They lowered the boats for evacuation. 4. a ship.
5. a vessel of any size built for navigation on a river or other inland body of water.
6. a serving dish resembling a boat: a gravy boat; a celery boat. 7. Eccles.a container for holding incense before it is placed in the censer.
8. in the same boat, in the same circumstances; faced with the same problems: The new recruits were all in the same boat. 9. miss the boat,Informal. a. to fail to take advantage of an opportunity: He missed the boat when he applied too late to get into college. b. to miss the point of; fail to understand: I missed the boat on that explanation. 10. rock the boat. See rock2 (def. 12).
—v.i. to go in a boat: We boated down the Thames.
—v.t. 1. to transport in a boat: They boated us across the bay. 2. to remove (an oar) from the water and place athwartships. Cf. ship (def. 11).