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mother ship

noun
1.
a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.
Origin of mother ship
1885-1890
1885-90
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mother ship

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

a larger spacecraft or watercraft which carries, controls, or launches smaller craft

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Word Origin and History for mothership
n.

also mother-ship, 1890, from mother (n.1) + ship (n.).

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