(Boat" bug`) (Zoöl.) An aquatic hemipterous insect of the genus Notonecta; so called from
swimming on its back, which gives it the appearance of a little boat. Called also boat fly, boat insect,
boatman, and water boatman.
(Boat"ful) n.; pl. Boatfuls. The quantity or amount that fills a boat.
(Boat"house`) n. A house for sheltering boats.
Half the latticed boathouse hides.
1. The act or practice of rowing or sailing, esp. as an amusement; carriage in boats.
2. In Persia, a punishment of capital offenders, by laying them on the back in a covered boat, where
they are left to perish.
(Bo*a"tion) n. [L. boatus, fr. boare to roar.] A crying out; a roaring; a bellowing; reverberation.
The guns were heard . . . about a hundred Italian miles, in long boations.
(Boat"man) n.; pl. Boatmen
1. A man who manages a boat; a rower of a boat.
As late the boatman hies him home.
2. (Zoöl.) A boat bug. See Boat bug.
(Boat"man*ship), n. The art of managing a boat.
(Boat"-shaped`) a. (Bot.) See Cymbiform.
(Boat" shell`) (Zoöl.) (a) A marine gastropod of the genus Crepidula. The species are numerous.
It is so named from its form and interior deck. (b) A marine univalve shell of the genus Cymba.
(Boats"man) n. A boatman. [Archaic]
(Boat"swain) n. [Boat + swain.]
1. (Naut.) An officer who has charge of the boats, sails, rigging, colors, anchors, cables, cordage, etc.,
of a ship, and who also summons the crew, and performs other duties.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) The jager gull. (b) The tropic bird.
Boatswain's mate, an assistant of the boatswain. Totten.
(Boat"-tail`) n. (Zoöl.) A large grackle or blackbird found in the Southern United States.
(Boat"wom`an) n.; pl. Boatwomen A woman who manages a boat.
(Bob) n. [An onomatopoetic word, expressing quick, jerky motion; OE. bob bunch, bobben to strike,
mock, deceive. Cf. Prov. Eng. bob, n., a ball, an engine beam, bunch, blast, trick, taunt, scoff; as, a v.,
to dance, to courtesy, to disappoint, OF. bober to mock.]