Steamboat vs Sailboat - What's the difference?

steamboat | sailboat |

As nouns the difference between steamboat and sailboat

is that steamboat is a boat or vessel propelled by steam power while sailboat is a boat propelled by sails.

As a verb steamboat

is to travel by steamboat.




(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.


    * steamer, steamship


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

    Alternative forms

    * (Commonwealth English) sailing boat


    (en noun)
  • A boat propelled by sails.
  • (slang, card games) A playing card with the rank of four.
  • References

    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523