• WordNet 3.6
    • n tugboat a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Charlotte Dundas, a paddle-wheel steamboat, was the world's first steam-powered vessel, not Robert Fulton's Clermont. In 1802, five years before Fulton's famous ship took sail, The Dundas was a steam-powered tugboat in Great Britain.
    • n Tugboat See Tug n., 3.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tugboat A strongly built steamboat used for towing sailing and other vessels; a towboat; a tug.
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In literature:

First to discover the incoming liner with her pitiful cargo was one of the tugboats.
"Sinking of the Titanic" by Various
But as all the ferryboats and even the tugboats carried like poles, this hypothesis was rejected.
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
The pungent tang of the East River tickled our nostrils, and all my old ambition to be a tugboat captain returned.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
A French tugboat went to the rescue and towed her off.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
After an interval a small and fussy tugboat steamed around our stern and drew alongside the gangway.
"African Camp Fires" by Stewart Edward White
Even in the impudent shrieking tugboats he found a measure of delight; and the blur on the water was inviting.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
But just then reveille blew the camp awake and you went back to your tugboat.
"Sonnie-Boy's People" by James B. Connolly
At this point a diversion occurred in the form of the last visit by the Minister of Militia in a noisy tugboat.
"From the St. Lawrence to the Yser with the 1st Canadian brigade" by Frederic C. Curry
Why is a very demure young lady like a tugboat?
"The Handbook of Conundrums" by Edith B. Ordway
A tugboat was sent to Charleston, and the ship was towed to that port.
"The Story of a Strange Career" by Anonymous
He was rescued by a tugboat captain.
"The Secret Pact" by Mildred A. Wirt
A transport was taken through, and a tugboat, but the channel was not deep enough for the gunboats.
"The Boys of '61" by Charles Carleton Coffin
After school Tuesday, Penny was sent to the Hanover Steamship Co. offices to interview a tugboat captain.
"Whispering Walls" by Mildred A. Wirt
Tugboats land passengers on the quay, who arrive by the large mail steamers.
"Equatorial America" by Maturin M. Ballou
He's after us in the tugboat!
"Four Afloat" by Ralph Henry Barbour
But as all the ferryboats and even the tugboats carried like poles, this hypothesis was rejected.
"How We Think" by John Dewey
One might sometimes think his whistle, like a tugboat's, worked by steam.
"Bird Neighbors" by Neltje Blanchan
I did not give up the venture there, however, but directed the captain of the tugboat to make directly for the island.
"My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands" by George Francis Train
A half-mile or more distant from them a big, ocean-going tugboat was passing down the bay, without a tow and under full steam.
"The Rival Campers" by Ruel Perley Smith
Sighing and groaning, as if with great reluctance, the tugboat began again its toilful course up the stream.
"The Quest" by Frederik van Eeden

In news:

Work on salvaging barge, tugboat is under way on Lake Huron.
Soon, the name of the Puyallup Tribe will be known world wide as one of the US Navy's newest tugboats embarks into the Pacific Ocean.
Don't Miss The Waterford Tugboat Roundup Fireworks Today.
Ten years with tugboat & the bird.
Tugboat & the bird owner Laura Haftel and manager Missy Riegel show off some of their wares at the store's 10th anniversary on Sept 17.
Norman Reilly Raine, screenwriter for the 1938 epic film The Adventures of Robin Hood, authored the Post's ever-popular Tugboat Annie series.
SD-based Coast Guard crew helps rescue 5 from sinking tugboat.
The Theodore Tugboat Web site doesn't live on pbskids.org any more.
The Coast Guard said air crews saw an oil sheen Saturday during salvage operations for a barge and tugboat that sank Thursday in rough weather.
Carol E Long / Tugboat captain who saw bomber crash into Mon.
Tugboat hit well, officials say.
History Channel Reality Show Features Local Tugboat Operators.
A 66-foot tugboat that spent the summer dredging in Nome got stuck on some rocks 2 miles outside of St Michael at a place called Rocky Point.
Gulf oil spill reinforces environmental concerns over sunken tugboat in Lake Champlain.
Nichols wraps up work on second tugboat.

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