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A boat with a flat bottom and square ends used for transporting freight on inland waterways.
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(Nautical Terms) any boat with a flat bottom, usually for transporting goods on a canal or river
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a large flat-bottomed boat for use in shallow water, esp. on rivers.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flatboat - a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)flatboat - a flatbottom boat for carrying heavy loads (especially on canals)
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
dredger - a barge (or a vessel resembling a barge) that is used for dredging
houseboat - a barge that is designed and equipped for use as a dwelling
pontoon - (nautical) a floating structure (as a flat-bottomed boat) that serves as a dock or to support a bridge
scow - a barge carrying bulk materials in an open hold
Norfolk wherry, wherry - sailing barge used especially in East Anglia
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At four o'clock in the morning the first rays of the sun lighted up Sego, the capital of Bambarra, which could be recognized at once by the four towns that compose it, by its Saracenic mosques, and by the incessant going and coming of the flat-bottomed boats that convey its inhabitants from one quarter to the other.
Da Souza and Trent took their places side by side on the broad, flat-bottomed boat, and soon they were off shorewards and the familiar song of the Kru boys as they bent over their oars greeted their ears.
My acquaintance with sheets of water was small, and the pool of Bly, at all events on the few occasions of my consenting, under the protection of my pupils, to affront its surface in the old flat-bottomed boat moored there for our use, had impressed me both with its extent and its agitation.
Four flat-bottomed boats were also used to transport crushed rocks from the quarry at Labrador town to the construction site.
The thick growth of lily weeds also hampers the movement of shikaras, which are light, flat-bottomed boats, and affects the overall aesthetic beauty of the lake.
"The landing craft were all flat-bottomed boats. They would have capsized in the winds, Overlord would have failed and the war would have been lengthened by probably a year or two.
Hotel barges are large flat-bottomed boats converted into luxurious private floating hotels.
Drawn up along the shore was a whole flotilla of small flat-bottomed boats, hand-made and sturdy--but perhaps of questionable seaworthiness.