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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 amidships
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  • This one looks to me as if she was breakin' in two amidships.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Victor sat on the amidships thwart of the dingy, with his back to me.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Set her amidships, in a big river, and just let her go; it was all you had to do.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • As already stated, it was amidships,—where its owner had been exploring it.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • The order to put it amidships, that is, in a line with the keel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • With jibs and fore-and-aft sails, the tack confines them amidships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • From amidships, revolver in hand, the mate was springing toward him.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • The two lads were under the awning upon this particular day just amidships.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • There it is, sir,” said Joe—“lashed just amidships out of the way.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • Gard, who had been anxiously watching them from amidships, approached.

    The Beth Book

    Sarah Grand
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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