- 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 leave, especially for another country or assignment: He said goodby 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!
- 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
Related formsship·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
Examples from the Web for ship
There was one bathroom on the ship, and there were no showers or beds.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Can you imagine flying to Venus in an Apollo-era ship based on the same technology, as some NASA people proposed?To Infinity and Beyond! NASA’s Orion Mission Blasts Off|Matthew R. Francis|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The last body finally was recovered from the bowels of the ship in October.
He was the commander of the ship when it crashed and he admits his decision to take the ship off course.
Thirty-two people died when he ran his ship onto the rocks off Tuscany in 2012.
But the good-for-nothing Beggarmen who were on the ship cried out at this.
They went forth, and entered into a ship immediately; and that night they caught nothing.'The Gospel of St. John|Frederick Denison Maurice
Surely we thought we were lost before, when he threw the great rock, and washed our ship back to the shore.
You must remember that he is the captain of the ship, and that everything depends upon him.Dikes and Ditches|Oliver Optic
Of course they had no boat, and the only way they could get back to the ship was to float on one piece of ice to another.Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North|Fullerton Waldo
British Dictionary definitions for ship (1 of 2)
verb ships, shipping or shipped
Derived Formsshippable, 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