in or belonging to the middle part of a ship.

Origin of midship

First recorded in 1545–55; mid- + ship1
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Examples from the Web for midship

Historical Examples of midship

  • He pitched us some breakfast, but he told us not to come abaft the midship compass.

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • In a ship-of-war, used for washing decks (one of the midship pumps).

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Also, the midship portion of the floor-timbers and transoms.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Now the big second mate hailed from the top of the midship house.

    Gold Out of Celebes

    Aylward Edward Dingle

  • Next came the 'midship compartment, over which was the conning-tower.

    A Sub and a Submarine

    Percy F. Westerman

British Dictionary definitions for midship



in, of, or relating to the middle of a vessel


the middle of a vessel
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