a. A relatively small, usually open craft of a size that might be carried aboard a ship.
b. An inland vessel of any size.
c. A ship or submarine.
2. A dish shaped like a boat: a sauce boat.
v. boat·ed, boat·ing, boats
1. To travel by boat.
2. To ride a boat for pleasure.
1. To transport by boat.
2. To place in a boat.
in the same boat
In the same situation as another or others.
[Middle English bot, from Old English bāt; see bheid- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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