Part of speech: noun

A flat- bottomed boat; a pontoon for a bridge.

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Usage examples "bateau":

  1. So confident was the company of success that the hamlet was thrown into a fever of excitement by the establishment of a boatyard and, the actual construction of a bateau; but a Democratic Congress turned its back on the proposed improvement. - "Mark Twain, A Biography, Vol. 1, Part 1, 1835-1866 The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens", Albert Bigelow Paine.
  2. He walked five miles down the river, and there fell in with a negro who was just landing from a bateau. - "A Lieutenant at Eighteen", Oliver Optic.