- a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
- Now Rare. a bark having more than three masts.Compare shipentine.
verb (used with object), shipped, ship·ping.
verb (used without object), shipped, ship·ping.
- to be sent or transported by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.: Both packages shipped this morning.
- to permit of being transported by any of these means:Fresh raspberries do not ship well.
- to leave, especially for another country or assignment: He said goodbye to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
- to send away, especially to another country or assignment.
- Informal. to quit, resign, or be fired from a job: Shape up or ship out!
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Idioms for ship
- to escape from a ship, especially one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
- to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.; defect or desert: Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
Origin of ship1
OTHER WORDS FROM shipship·less, adjectiveship·less·ly, adverbmis·ship, verb, mis·shipped, mis·ship·ping.pre·ship, verb (used with object), pre·shipped, pre·ship·ping.
Definition for ship (2 of 3)
verb (used with or without object), shipped, ship·ping.
Origin of ship2
Definition for ship (3 of 3)
Origin of -ship
Example sentences from the Web for ship
Champagnes are only required to be stored for 15 months before being shipped.
When Lewis was shipped off to Vietnam, his son was just three months old, and the timing of the assignment worried Lewis.
It was then shipped to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and sold for 50 cents on the dollar.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician|Rich Goldstein|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This powder can be shipped anywhere and then reconstituted—just add water, as if it were instant coffee.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World|Kent Sepkowitz|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Stalin, now one of the top men in the party, was sent there by Lenin to ensure that grain was getting shipped to Moscow.
Primo de Rivera, who believed the rebellion to be fast on the wane, shipped back to Spain 7,000 troops.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
In Cuba its culture commenced in 1580, and from this and the other islands large quantities were shipped to Europe.
I shipped for a voyage to Japan and China, and spent several more years trying to penetrate the forbidden fastnesses of Tibet.The Boarded-Up House|Augusta Huiell Seaman
It sent gold to Paris as fast as it could be shipped and insured, and so seems to have liquidated its debt.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Mis' Calvert, she saw you in a lane, or somethin', and fetched you back to that Baltimore city where the both of you lived.Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for ship (1 of 2)
verb ships, shipping or shipped
Derived forms of shipshippable, adjective
Word Origin for ship
British Dictionary definitions for ship (2 of 2)
suffix forming nouns
Word Origin for -ship
Idioms and Phrases with ship
In addition to the idioms beginning with ship
- ship of state
- ship out
- ships that pass in the night
- desert a sinking ship
- enough to sink a ship
- shape up (or ship out)
- tight ship
- when one's ship comes in