- 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.
- 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.
Origin of ship1
OTHER WORDS FROM shipship·less, adjectiveship·less·ly, adverbmis·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)
Origin of ship2
Other definitions for ship (3 of 3)
Origin of -ship
WORDS THAT USE -SHIP
What does -ship mean?
The suffix –ship is used to form nouns to indicate a “state of being” or “skill.” It is often used in everyday and technical terms.
The suffix –ship comes from Old English –scipe, meaning “shape.” Yes, shape. Discover why at our entry for shape. The Latin-derived equivalent of –scipe is –form, from Latin –fōrmis, meaning “having the shape of.” This suffix appears in words such as fungiform and oviform. To learn more, check out our Words That Use article on –form.
Examples of -ship
An example of a word you may have encountered that features –ship is scholarship, “learning; knowledge acquired by study.”
The scholar– part of the word means “student” or “learned person.” As we have seen, –ship means “state of being” or “skill.” Scholarship literally means “the state of being a student” or “skill of learning.”
What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form –ship in Old or Middle English?
What are some other forms that –ship may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that ends with the exact letters –ship, such as transship, is necessarily using the combining form –ship to denote “state of being.” Learn why transship means “to transfer” at our entry for the word.
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Given the meaning of the suffix –ship, what does friendship literally mean?
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|DAILY BEAST
Nerd Cruise By Adam Rogers, Wired What 800 Nerds on a Cruise Ship Taught Me About Life, the Universe, and Snorkeling.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 22-28, 2014|William Boot|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Two years into an Arctic expedition, they were forced to abandon ship a thousand miles north of Siberia.The Best Nonfiction Books of 2014|William O’Connor|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The estimated ship date of the gadget is December 2014—perfect timing to say sayonara to smoking forever.Nothing Says I Love You Like Data|The Daily Beast|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
Fancy that enormous shell dropping suddenly out of the blue on to a ship's deck swarming with troops!
British Dictionary definitions for ship (1 of 2)
Derived forms of shipshippable, adjective
Word Origin for ship
British Dictionary definitions for ship (2 of 2)
Word Origin for -ship
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