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  1. a ship driven by a diesel or other internal-combustion engine.
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Origin of motorship

First recorded in 1900–05
Also called motor vessel.
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Examples from the Web for motorship

Historical Examples of motorship

  • Now if wed been out in our motorship Comet we shouldnt have had any trouble at all.

    The Motor Boys on the Wing

    Clarence Young

  • The stout lad was on the after part of the motorship, at one edge of the platform.

  • The propellers were started, and the motorship skimmed over the meadow.

  • The big propellers whirred around like the blades of an electric fan, and the motorship quivered from end to end.

  • But just as Jerry got the propellers in motion, and as the motorship was slowly moving to one side the Winner topped her.