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[lahyt-ship] /ˈlaɪtˌʃɪp/
a ship anchored in a specific location and displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships, as in avoiding dangerous areas.
Abbreviation: LS.
Origin of lightship
First recorded in 1830-40; light1 + ship1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • They managed to reach the lightship in their lifeboats just as their vessel sank.

  • "Posy here'd be a good hand aboard a lightship," he observed.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She thanks him for the lightship as if it were a bunch of roses.


    Julian Street
  • There were upwards of thirty artificers on board the lightship at this time.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • When the latter reached the lightship, the ocean liner was not yet in sight.

    The Flying Reporter

    Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • The latter, however, weathered the lightship holding a lead of 14 mins.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • I noticed that the lightship off the harbor was gradually growing plainer.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
  • Two vessels had been in collision with the Newarp lightship.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • And as it was, we passed three-quarters of a mile inside the lightship.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • A lightship is as peaceful and immobile as the granite blockstones of a lighthouse.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for lightship


a ship equipped as a lighthouse and moored where a fixed structure would prove impracticable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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