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Definition of "longboat" []

  • The longest boat carried by a sailing ship, especially by a merchant ship. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "longboat" in a sentence
  • "In 1904, the mound in southeastern Norway's Vestfold County surrendered one of the country's greatest archaeological treasures, the Oseberg Viking longboat, which is now on display at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo."
  • "It being the last Tuesday in January, it is Up Helly Aa day in Lerwick when the town celebrates its Viking heritage by parading round the streets behind a replica Viking longboat, which is then burned just as our Norse forbearers did when sending a departed soul to Valhalla."
  • "The longboat was a very fine, roomy, and wholesome-looking boat, big enough to accommodate all that were left of us, as well as our kits and a very fair stock of provisions; but in order to afford a little more room and comfort for the wounded men I decided to take the gig also, putting into her a sufficient quantity of provisions and water to ballast her, and placing Simpson in charge of her, with one of the unwounded and two of the most slightly-wounded men as companions, leaving six of us to man the longboat."