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A small powerful boat designed for towing or pushing larger vessels. Also called towboat.



a small, powerful boat for towing or pushing ships, barges, etc.
[1820–30, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tugboat - a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger shipstugboat - a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
helm - steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered


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The engineer of a passive tugboat hung lazily to a railing and watched.
Now the Dreadnought she lies in the River Mersey, Because of the tugboat to take her to sea; But when she's off soundings you shortly will know
The tugboat skipper told me when he came on board for your letters, sir," explained the young man.
No more need be said of the place; for this sort of thing might have hap pened anywhere where there are ships, skippers, tugboats, and orphan nieces of indescribable splen dour.
A tugboat towing a barge loaded with scrap metal ran aground in Lawis Ledge in Talisay City, Cebu on Friday morning.
A larger tugboat is traveling from Jounieh to help pull the ship back to sea, but weather conditions may delay it for up to 10 hours.
TWO Turkish sailors convicted of smuggling a record PS512m worth of cocaine aboard a tugboat have each been jailed for at least 20 years.
NEW YORK, Jumada II 04, 1437, March 13, 2016, SPA -- A search for two missing crew members of a tugboat that crashed into a barge and sank in the Hudson River has stretched into another day.
KUWAIT, Dec 20 (KUNA) -- Kuwait Ports Authority Sunday announced agreements with tugboat captains "who declined to perform their duties" regarding their demands, while saying KPA recruited volunteering captains to make sure towing would not be interrupted.
Reports said that the strong waves also caused a tugboat named "T-Boat Meni Plus One" to slam into the barge, preventing it from ramming into the breakwater, which is just about 20 meters away.
BEIJING (TAP) - Authorities confirmed 22 people dead in the capsizing of a tugboat with an international team on a test voyage in eastern China .