or a·mid·ship



in or toward the middle part of a ship or aircraft; midway between the ends.
along the central fore-and-aft line of a ship or aircraft.
in or toward the center of anything: a long, narrow office with a desk placed amidships.


of, relating to, or located in the middle part of a ship or aircraft.

Origin of amidships

First recorded in 1685–95; amid + ship1 + -s1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for amidship

Historical Examples of amidship

  • Amidship, Kass was again studying the eyepiece of the ampliscope.

    The Metal Moon

    Everett C. Smith

  • She was about four thousand tons, and her engines were sternward and not amidship.

  • She was crossing the channel, and they struck her amidship, sinking her almost instantly.


    Kirk Munroe

  • As he did so he noticed that the white object was a tent, and that there was a single "shanty" amidship.


    Kirk Munroe

  • They'll have the sense to slip then, I hope, and make for the safety of wide waters, with an amidship helm.'

British Dictionary definitions for amidship


adverb, adjective (postpositive)

nautical at, near, or towards the centre of a vessel
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