Definition of boat noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    boat

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//boʊt//
     
     
    jump to other results
  1. 1a vehicle (smaller than a ship) that travels on water, moved by oars, sails, or a motor an inflatable boat a fishing boat You can take a boat trip along the coast. see also canal boat, houseboat, lifeboat, motorboat, powerboat, rowboat, sailboat, speedboat, steamboat
  2. 2 any ship “How are you going to Nantucket?” “We're going by boat (= by ferry ).” gravy boat, sauceboat
  3. Idioms
    be in the same boat
     
    jump to other results
    to be in the same difficult situation
    float somebody's boat(informal)
     
    jump to other results
    to be what someone likes You can listen to whatever kind of music floats your boat.
    miss the boat(informal)
     
    jump to other results
    to be unable to take advantage of something because you are too late If you don't buy now, you may find that you've missed the boat.
    rock the boat(informal)
     
    jump to other results
    to do something that upsets a situation and causes problems She was told to keep her mouth shut and not rock the boat.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: boat