verb (used without object), a·bout-shipped, a·bout-ship·ping.
Nautical. to tack.
Origin of about-ship
First recorded in 1680–90
(as a command) put the ship about.
Origin of about ship
First recorded in 1865–70
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verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped
(intr) nautical to manoeuvre a vessel onto a new tack
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