[ lawng-ship, long- ]

  1. a medieval ship used in northern Europe especially by the Norse, having a long, narrow, open hull, a single square sail, and a large number of oars, which provided most of the propulsion.

Origin of longship

First recorded in 1560–70; long1 + ship1

Words Nearby longship

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How to use longship in a sentence

  • Now we saw a boat lowered from the longship's side, and one by one armed men entered her, and she sank deeply in the water.

    Wulfric the Weapon Thane | Charles W. Whistler
  • The galley, or longship, had carried guns on a platform at the bows, pointing forward.

    On the Spanish Main | John Masefield
  • There seemed every chance that we should be upon the longship before they knew what we were about, for we had the weather gauge.

    Havelok The Dane | Charles Whistler
  • Now the longship held on her course steadily, never shifting her helm for so much as a point.

    Havelok The Dane | Charles Whistler
  • The longship's lighthouse stood up, a grey shadow in a grey scene.

    Tomaso's Fortune and Other Stories | Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for longship


/ (ˈlɒŋˌʃɪp) /

  1. a narrow open vessel with oars and a square sail, used esp by the Vikings during medieval times

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