mother ship


noun

a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.

Nearby words

  1. mother of parliaments,
  2. mother of pearl,
  3. mother of satan,
  4. mother of the chapel,
  5. mother of vinegar,
  6. mother shipton,
  7. mother spleenwort,
  8. mother superior,
  9. mother teresa,
  10. mother tongue

Origin of mother ship

First recorded in 1885–90

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British Dictionary definitions for mother ship

mother ship

noun

a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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