- a ship driven by a diesel or other internal-combustion engine.
Origin of motorship
First recorded in 1900–05
Also called motor vessel.
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Examples from the Web for motorship
Now if wed been out in our motorship Comet we shouldnt have had any trouble at all.
The propellers were started, and the motorship skimmed over the meadow.
The stout lad was on the after part of the motorship, at one edge of the platform.
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.