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Meaning of "U-boat" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD U-BOAT

From German U-Boot, abbreviation for Unterseeboot, literally: undersea boat.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF U-BOAT

U-boat play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF U-BOAT

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U-Boat is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES U-BOAT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

U-boat

U-boat

U-boat is the anglicized version of the German word U-Boot , a shortening of Unterseeboot, which means "undersea boat". While the German term refers to any submarine, the English one refers specifically to military submarines operated by Germany, particularly in World War I and World War II. Although at times they were efficient fleet weapons against enemy naval warships, they were most effectively used in an economic warfare role, enforcing a naval blockade against enemy shipping. The primary targets of the U-boat campaigns in both wars were the merchant convoys bringing supplies from Canada, the British Empire and the United States to the islands of the United Kingdom and to the Soviet Union and the Allied Countries in the Mediterranean. Austro-Hungarian submarines of World War I were also known as U-boats.

Definition of U-boat in the English dictionary

The definition of U-boat in the dictionary is a German submarine, esp in World Wars I and II.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE U-BOAT

U bolt
U Thant
U-bend
U-lock
U-shaped
U-shaped valley
U-turn
U.
u.c.
u.s.
U.S.A.
U/S
U2
U4E
ua
UAE
uakari
UAM
UAR
UART

WORDS THAT END LIKE U-BOAT

banana boat
boat
E-boat
fishing boat
flat-bottomed boat
houseboat
in the same boat
lifeboat
longboat
miss the boat
paddle boat
pleasure boat
powerboat
riverboat
sailboat
sauce boat
speedboat
steamboat
torpedo boat
tugboat

Synonyms and antonyms of U-boat in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «U-boat» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF U-BOAT

Find out the translation of U-boat to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of U-boat from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «U-boat» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

U艇
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

U -boat
570 millions of speakers

English

U-boat
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

U- नाव
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

U- قارب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Подлодка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

U -boat
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ডুবোজাহাজ
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

Sous-marin allemand
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

U-boat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

U-Boot
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

Uボート
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

U- 보트
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

U-boat
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

Tàu lặn của đức
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

U- படகு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

यू-बोट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Alman denizaltısı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

Sottomarino
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

U-boot
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Підводний човен
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

U -boat
30 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Greek

U - boat
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

U- boot
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

U - båt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

U - båt
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of U-boat

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «U-BOAT»

The term «U-boat» is quite widely used and occupies the 36.671 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «U-BOAT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about U-boat

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «U-BOAT»

Discover the use of U-boat in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to U-boat and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Luth
Nevertheless, his accomplishments were overshadowed by those of other great aces, such as Prien, Kretschmer, and Topp. The publication of this book in hardcover in 1990 marked the first comprehensive study of Luth's life.
Jordan Vause, 2014
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The U-boat War in the Caribbean
Without overstating the importance of the peripheral operation, the author of this book, Gaylord Kelshall, analyzes its successes in a region that experienced 36 percent of all worldwide shipping losses by the end of 1942.
Gaylord Kelshall, 1994
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Hitler's U-boat Fortresses
Bradham served as a staff-sergeant squad leader who fought against the Germans in Brittany.
Randolph Bradham, 2003
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Wolf Pack: The Story of the U-Boat in World War II
In this comprehensive book, the wartime development of the U-Boat is traced along with the experiences of typical U-Boat crewmen, from recruitment to combat.
Gordon Williamson, 2012
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U-boat Tactics in World War II
This book analyses how the U-boats dominated the seas thanks to their innovative and daring tactical deployment, and how the cracking of the Enigma code effectively hamstrung them, greatly reducing their impact, a problem that even their ...
Gordon Williamson, 2012
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Defeating the U-Boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare
In Defeating the U-boat: Inventing Antisubmarine Warfare, Newport Paper 36, Jan S. Breemer tells the story of the British response to the German submarine threat.
Jan S. Breemer, 2010
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U-Boat Crews 1914-45
Gordon Williamson provides a fascinating overview of the achievements of the U-Boat Waffe in both wars, together with a study of the uniforms and insignia worn by U-Boat crews.
Gordon Williamson, 2012
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Grey Wolf: U-Boat Crewman of World War II
Illustrated with many previously unpublished images, this book offers a fresh insight into the experiences of the men in Dänitz's legendary 'wolf packs'.
Gordon Williamson, 2012
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Wolf: U-boat commanders in World War II
Examines the lives of many U-Bootwaffe officers, including the famous and the not-so-well known, to determine what type of men they were.
Jordan Vause, 1997
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Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942
The Blair history will be published in two volumes. This first volume, The Hunters, covers the first three years of the war, August 1939 to August 1942.
Clay Blair, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «U-BOAT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term U-boat is used in the context of the following news items.
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U-boat to Singapore
The U-boat crew had been briefed that their passengers were engineers headed for occupied Norway, to help build reinforced submarine docks. But after they ... «Livemint, Jul 15»
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WW1 German U-boat propeller returned
The propeller from the first German U-Boat to be sunk 100 years ago during the First World War has been returned to its homeland. The propeller had been ... «BBC News, Jun 15»
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Londonderry: The day the U-boat crew surrendered
A retired priest has described how he peered through the periscope of a surrendered German U-boat as he was given an exclusive tour days after Hitler's ... «BBC News, May 15»
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Wartime navy captain blamed for failed Nazi U-boat attack now …
The reputation of a disgraced wartime navy captain has been restored, thanks to the discoveries of a documentary featuring the finder of the Titanic. For more ... «Daily Mail, May 15»
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How an Expedition to Study a Sunken Nazi U-Boat Rescued a …
"Nazi Attack on America," a documentary premiering Wednesday on PBS, shows how close the Nazis came to bringing World War II to America's shores — but ... «NBCNews.com, May 15»
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Divers recover £34m of silver coins from ship sunk by U-boat
A second world war German submarine, U-570, captured by the Royal Navy in 1941. The SS City of Cairo was torpedoed by a U-boat while bringing 100 tonnes ... «The Guardian, Apr 15»
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Three-mile dive plucks £50m in rupees from ship sunk by U-boat
For 70 years, a significant chunk of taxpayer's money has been gathering silt. Five hundred miles from the nearest land and three miles beneath the surface of ... «The Times, Apr 15»
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Clarence Dock 'U-boat captain' jailed for £1m VAT fraud
A fraudster who used cash from a £1m VAT scam to build a replica U-boat on a canal has been jailed. Richard Williams, 55, made false tax claims on orders for ... «BBC News, Apr 15»
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U-boat 'commander' hires private jet with proceeds from £1m VAT …
A self-styled U-boat commander funded his eccentric and lavish lifestyle with a "sophisticated" £1 million VAT scam, a court heard. Fraudster Richard Williams ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Apr 15»
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U-boat captain is sunk by the taxman over his £1million fiddle
A CAPTAIN BIRDSEYE lookalike who cruised the canals of Britain in a mock German U-boat could be jailed after swindling the taxman out of more than ... «Express.co.uk, Mar 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. U-Boat [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/u-boat>. Mar 2019 ».
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