Steamboat vs Flatboat - What's the difference?

steamboat | flatboat |


As nouns the difference between steamboat and flatboat

is that steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam power while flatboat is a boxy, flat-bottomed boat used for carrying livestock, freight, and people on rivers.

As a verb steamboat

is to travel by steamboat.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

steamboat

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A boat or vessel propelled by steam power.
  • 1870' ''By and by the '''steamboat intruded. Then for fifteen or twenty years, these men continued to run their keelboats down-stream, and the steamers did all of the upstream business, the keelboatmen selling their boats in New Orleans, and returning home as deck passengers in the steamers.'' — Mark Twain, ''Life on the Mississippi , Chapter 3.

    Synonyms

    * steamer, steamship

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To travel by steamboat.
  • flatboat

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A boxy, flat-bottomed boat used for carrying livestock, freight, and people on rivers.
  • See also

    * barge