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[ship-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈʃɪpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
  1. the deck or side of a ship.
  2. the situation of being on a ship.
done, conducted, or designed for use aboard ship, especially during an ocean voyage:
a shipboard romance; a shipboard telephone.
on shipboard, aboard a seagoing vessel.
Origin of shipboard
late Middle English
1150-1200; late Middle English shipbord (see ship1, board); replacing Middle English shipesbord (see ’s1) Unabridged
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  • He was far from expecting to meet him on shipboard bound to India.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • His frank, familiar manner made him a favorite on shipboard.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • It seems pleasant to be on land after being on shipboard so many weeks.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • But you must remember a day on shipboard is very much longer than a day on shore.

  • Now, there must be some law on shipboard that takes the place of ordinary law on land.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • On shipboard he met the widow of Nathaniel Greene, the Revolutionary general.

  • The busy preparations on land and shipboard had another effect on Philip.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Musa thanked him, then turned to see how his shipboard acquaintance was progressing.

    The Players Everett B. Cole
  • Opportunity for successful concealment on shipboard is all but limitless.

    Little Miss Grouch Samuel Hopkins Adams
British Dictionary definitions for shipboard


(modifier) taking place, used, or intended for use aboard a ship: a shipboard encounter
on shipboard, on board a ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shipboard

also ship-board, "side of a ship," c.1200, from ship (n.) + board (n.2).

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