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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Boat n.
 1. A small open vessel, or water craft, usually moved by cars or paddles, but often by a sail.
 Note:Different kinds of boats have different names; as, canoe, yawl, wherry, pinnace, punt, etc.
 2. Hence, any vessel; usually with some epithet descriptive of its use or mode of propulsion; as, pilot boat, packet boat, passage boat, advice boat, etc.  The term is sometimes applied to steam vessels, even of the largest class; as, the Cunard boats.
 3. A vehicle, utensil, or dish, somewhat resembling a boat in shape; as, a stone boat; a gravy boat.
 Note:Boat is much used either adjectively or in combination; as, boat builder or boatbuilder; boat building or boatbuilding; boat hook or boathook; boathouse; boat keeper or boatkeeper; boat load; boat race; boat racing; boat rowing; boat song; boatlike; boat-shaped.
 Advice boat. See under Advice.
 Boat hook Naut., an iron hook with a point on the back, fixed to a long pole, to pull or push a boat, raft, log, etc. --Totten.
 Boat rope, a rope for fastening a boat; -- usually called a painter.
 In the same boat, in the same situation or predicament. [Colloq.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 boat hook
      n : pole-handled hook used to pull or push boats