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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. 2017.
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  • On this occasion, the sharp edge of the rock struck the vessel about midships aft of the paddle-boxes.

    Grace Darling Eva Hope
  • The fore and after bodies are similar in form from midships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Then the upright boiler would have to be set in there, a trifle aft of midships, so that the man at the helm could stoke as well.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
  • Underneath the officers' quarters was the 'midships torpedo-room.

    A Sub and a Submarine Percy F. Westerman
  • An imaginary figure of that part of the ship afore the midships or dead-flat, as seen from ahead.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • While speaking she has started up from the stern, and is making for 'midships.

    Gwen Wynn Mayne Reid
  • It made the ship sway an' rock fearful but they hung on 'midships, an' clung t' the handle that stuck up like a top mast.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • 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
  • The bow was guard duty; the steering was light duty; the midships off duty.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for midships


adverb, adjective
(nautical) See amidships
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