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The number of passengers or the amount of cargo that a boat can hold.


the amount of cargo or number of people held by a boat or ship



the cargo that a boat carries.
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Noun1.boatload - the amount of cargo that can be held by a boat or ship or a freight car; "he imported wine by the boatload"
large indefinite amount, large indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude


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Turning to one of his headmen he ordered two more boatloads of warriors to the Ithaca's deck.
When the boats catch too much fish, the trust throws them overboard from Fisherman Wharf, boat-loads, and boat-loads, and boatloads of the beautiful fish.
It was a simple affair, now, to go forth in the morning and return by noon with a boatload of seals.
A boatload of people putting back came leaping out as I rushed past.
He had helped my gondolier to bring me round a boatload of furniture; and when these articles had been carried to the top of the palace and distributed according to our associated wisdom he organized my household with such promptitude as was consistent with the fact that it was composed exclusively of himself.
Britain has warned the EU that it could return boatloads of radioactive waste back to the continent if the Brexit talks fail to deliver an agreement on nuclear regulation.
I HEARD a disturbing radio broadcast from Lesbos where boatloads of migrants/refugees were continuing to arrive - all from Turkey, a safe country.
Readers familiar with The Boatloads will be delighted to find that Albergotti's new collection contains the same tenuous balance between high culture and daily experience, the same eye for the beautifully disturbing and the disturbingly beautiful, and the same crackling tension between the poet's skepticism of religious faith and his yearning for some kind of spiritual order.
The boatloads of starving Rohingya and Bangladeshis have typically been found abandoned by their smuggling syndicates and left to fend for themselves.
Southeast Asian governments have so far shown little sign of a coordinated response to the boatloads of Bangladeshi migrants and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar arriving in their waters.
The Optis, Bics and Flying us will be out in force competing for boatloads of great prizes including a sailing experience aboard Wild Oats X on Pittwater for the winners in each class.
Philippine border security units have come under heavy criticism for failing to stop boatloads of armed men as they sailed toward the Malaysian state early last month.