verb (used without object), a·bout-shipped, a·bout-ship·ping.

Nautical. to tack.

Origin of about-ship

First recorded in 1680–90

about ship


(as a command) put the ship about.

Origin of about ship

First recorded in 1865–70
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British Dictionary definitions for about-ship


verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped

(intr) nautical to manoeuvre a vessel onto a new tack
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