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[mid-ships] /ˈmɪdˌʃɪps/
Origin of midships
First recorded in 1620-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The fore and after bodies are similar in form from midships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Thick planks on the decks, in midships, between the hatchways.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Underneath the officers' quarters was the 'midships torpedo-room.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • While speaking she has started up from the stern, and is making for 'midships.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • The bow was guard duty; the steering was light duty; the midships off duty.


    John William De Forest
  • Here we struck on a sandbar with such force of steam and current as to land us almost out of the water from stem to midships.

    The Memoirs of General P. H. Sheridan, Complete General Philip Henry Sheridan
  • Speaking to the man at the wheel: "Don't let her go off, damn you, let her come to, and put your wheel in 'midships."

    The Flying Bo'sun

    Arthur Mason
  • Mulready dropped into it and threw himself sullenly upon the midships thwart.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • At his right hand is the midships engine lever ready to be thrown into gear at a moment's notice.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • midships sat the two tiny free women, and myself, and in the stern Mr. —— steering.

British Dictionary definitions for midships


adverb, adjective
(nautical) See amidships
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