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shipboard

[ship-bawrd, -bohrd]
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noun
  1. Archaic.
    1. the deck or side of a ship.
    2. the situation of being on a ship.
adjective
  1. done, conducted, or designed for use aboard ship, especially during an ocean voyage: a shipboard romance; a shipboard telephone.
Idioms
  1. on shipboard, aboard a seagoing vessel.

Origin of shipboard

1150–1200; late Middle English shipbord (see ship1, board); replacing Middle English shipesbord (see ’s1)
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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.


British Dictionary definitions for shipboard

shipboard

noun
  1. (modifier) taking place, used, or intended for use aboard a shipa shipboard encounter
  2. on shipboard on board a ship
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Word Origin and History for shipboard

n.

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

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