A boat used for work rather than for recreation, transportation, or military purposes.(noun)
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Use "workboat" in a sentence
"April 20-21: The Damon Bankston, a 285-foot workboat that was ferrying equipment to the Deepwater Horizon, reports it had picked up 110 crew members, three of them critically injured."
"My windows were open and in my sleep I heard the wind in the trees, a solitary pecan husk rattle on the tin roof, a workboat chugging heavily on the bayou."
"The workboat was proceeding south, her wake rippling out toward them in parallel lines on the mirrored surface."