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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. 2017.
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  • He pointed out the three viewscreens mounted below the bridge, amidships.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
  • As already stated, it was amidships,—where its owner had been exploring it.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • We caught her amidships and the explosion was tremendous, but we were well outside its area.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The order to put it amidships, that is, in a line with the keel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • amidships is a small platform partly roofed over with matting.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • With jibs and fore-and-aft sails, the tack confines them amidships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • This accounted for the cessation of the work, and the absence of the sailors from “amidships.”

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • The two lads were under the awning upon this particular day just amidships.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • amidships sat another figure, the sight of which gave Samba a delightful thrill of expectation.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • There it is, sir,” said Joe—“lashed just amidships out of the way.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for amidships


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 amidships



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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