a vessel, especially a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
Now Rare. a bark having more than three masts.: Compare shipentine.
the crew and, sometimes, the passengers of a vessel: The captain gave shore leave to the whole ship.
an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.
to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation; to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
Nautical. to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
to engage (someone) for service on a ship.
to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
to place (an oar) in proper position for rowing.: Compare boat (def. 10).
to send away: They shipped the kids off to camp for the summer.
to go on board or travel by ship; embark.
to engage to serve on a ship.
to be sent or transported by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.: Both packages shipped this morning.
to permit of being transported by any of these means:Fresh raspberries do not ship well.
to leave, especially for another country or assignment: He said goodbye to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
to send away, especially to another country or assignment.
Informal. to quit, resign, or be fired from a job: Shape up or ship out!
Idioms about ship
to escape from a ship, especially one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.; defect or desert: Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
run a tight ship, to exercise a close, strict control over a ship's crew, a company, an organization, or the like.
when one's ship comes in / home, when one's fortune is assured: She'll buy a house when her ship comes in.
- ship·less, adjective
- ship·less·ly, adverb
- mis·ship, verb, mis·shipped, mis·ship·ping.
- pre·ship, verb (used with object), pre·shipped, pre·ship·ping.
Other definitions for ship (2 of 3)
a romantic relationship between fictional characters, as in fan fiction, or between famous people, whether or not the romance actually exists in the book, show, etc., or in real life:the TV show's most popular ships.
to take an interest in or hope for a romantic relationship between (fictional characters or famous people), whether or not the romance actually exists: I'm shipping those guys—they would make a great couple!
Other definitions for -ship (3 of 3)
a native English suffix of nouns denoting condition, character, office, skill, etc.: clerkship; friendship; statesmanship.
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How to use ship in a sentence
After the captain made the call to abandon ship, 150 people were able to escape on lifeboats lowered by electronic arms.‘We’re Going to Die’: Survivors Recount Greek Ferry Fire Horror | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Nerd Cruise By Adam Rogers, Wired What 800 Nerds on a Cruise ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling.
There was one bathroom on the ship, and there were no showers or beds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees | Barbie Latza Nadeau | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.
The estimated ship date of the gadget is December 2014—perfect timing to say sayonara to smoking forever.
A wise man hateth not the commandments and justices, and he shall not be dashed in pieces as a ship in a storm.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
The president sat in a chair which came over with the pilgrims in their ship, the Mayflower.
It was more like the boarding of a ship than any land fight I had ever seen or imagined.
My orders ought to have been taken before a single unwounded Officer or man was ferried back aboard ship.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Fancy that enormous shell dropping suddenly out of the blue on to a ship's deck swarming with troops!Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for ship (1 of 2)
a vessel propelled by engines or sails for navigating on the water, esp a large vessel that cannot be carried aboard another, as distinguished from a boat
nautical a large sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts
to place, transport, or travel on any conveyance, esp aboard a ship: ship the microscopes by aeroplane; can we ship tomorrow?
(tr) nautical to take (water) over the side
to bring or go aboard a vessel: to ship oars
(tr often foll by off) informal to send away, often in order to be rid of: they shipped the children off to boarding school
(intr) to engage to serve aboard a ship: I shipped aboard a Liverpool liner
informal (tr) to concede (a goal): Celtic have shipped eight goals in three away matches
- See also ship out
- shippable, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for -ship (2 of 2)
indicating state or condition: fellowship
indicating rank, office, or position: lordship
indicating craft or skill: horsemanship; workmanship; scholarship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with ship
In addition to the idioms beginning with ship
- ship of state
- ship out
- ships that pass in the night
- desert a sinking ship
- enough to sink a ship
- shape up (or ship out)
- tight ship
- when one's ship comes in
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