- 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
He turned his head, looking over his shoulder at the mother-ship.The Sex Life of the Gods
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.
The radars plotted their position with relation to each other and the mother-ship.
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
- a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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