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noun
  1. a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.

Origin of mother ship

First recorded in 1885–90
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Examples from the Web for mother ship

Historical Examples

  • He turned his head, looking over his shoulder at the mother-ship.

    The Sex Life of the Gods

    Michael Knerr

  • Oh, that's the mother-ship's dynamos charging the batteries of Branch's boat.

  • The mother-ship had to steer a true course, regardless of the vagaries of its rockets.

    Space Tug

    Murray Leinster

  • The radars plotted their position with relation to each other and the mother-ship.

    Space Tug

    Murray Leinster

  • It begins to look as though we'd have to stick around until every one of those torpedoes gets somewhere near its mother-ship.

    Skylark Three

    Edward Elmer Smith


British Dictionary definitions for mother ship

mother ship

noun
  1. a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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