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Difference between Fly boat and Flying boat

fly boat—(dated)

1. a passenger boat formerly used on canals:

  • Until the advent of “fly boats” … there was no night working, with the canals open only from sunrise to sunset.

2. a large flat-bottomed coasting boat:

  • Captain George Weymouth made a voyage of discovery to the northwest with two flyboats.

3. a small boat, especially a ship’s boat:

  • We see the vessel bound for the distant seas hoist sails, while the humble flyboat carries to shore those friends…

flying boat—(also: air boat) a seaplane with a boatlike fuselage:

  • Short’s Empire class flying boats fifty years ago could offer a bed in the air.