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hospital ship

  1. a ship built to serve as a hospital, especially used to treat the wounded in wartime and accorded safe passage by international law.
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Origin of hospital ship

First recorded in 1675–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for hospital ship

Historical Examples

  • It is not as if you had given a hospital-ship or an ambulance.

    The Mystery of the Sea

    Bram Stoker

  • The wounded had been taken on to our hospital-ship in the afternoon.

  • He was too ill to be brought on a transport, but he may come at any time on a hospital-ship.

    "Forward, March"

    Kirk Munroe

  • Dr. Dobson, the superintendant physician of the Hospital-ship at Chatham, was a very worthy and very skilful gentleman.

  • An account of such officers and men as are on the sick list on board, or are sent to an hospital, hospital-ship, or sick-quarters.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth