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or amidship

[uh-mid-ships] /əˈmɪdˌʃɪps/
in or toward the middle part of a ship or aircraft; midway between the ends.
along the central fore-and-aft line of a ship or aircraft.
in or toward the center of anything:
a long, narrow office with a desk placed amidships.
of, relating to, or located in the middle part of a ship or aircraft.
Origin of amidships
First recorded in 1685-95; amid + ship1 + -s1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for amidship
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  • amidship, Kass was again studying the eyepiece of the ampliscope.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • She was about four thousand tons, and her engines were sternward and not amidship.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
  • She was crossing the channel, and they struck her amidship, sinking her almost instantly.


    Kirk Munroe
  • As he did so he noticed that the white object was a tent, and that there was a single "shanty" amidship.


    Kirk Munroe
  • They'll have the sense to slip then, I hope, and make for the safety of wide waters, with an amidship helm.'

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • He made a trip of his own along the main-deck, scrambling upon the spars to avoid the occasional deluge which swept her amidship.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Slowly we pushed her away from the bank, Jim at the stern, Tom amidship and I in the bow.

British Dictionary definitions for amidship


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
(nautical) at, near, or towards the centre of a vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for amidship



Used to refer to the striking of a blow in the abdomen

[1937+; fr earlier sense ''in the middle of a ship,'' implying the most crucial or vulnerable part]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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