- 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 Words for ship outseparate, transfer, move, dispatch, haul, export, shift, transmit, smuggle, quit, dump, ditch, discontinue, stop, leave, withdraw, vacate, discard, surrender, desert
verb ships, shipping or shipped
Word Origin for ship
Old English scip "ship, boat," from Proto-Germanic *skipam (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Gothic skip, Danish skib, Swedish skepp, Middle Dutch scip, Dutch schip, Old High German skif, German Schiff), "Germanic noun of obscure origin" [Watkins]. Others suggest perhaps originally "tree cut out or hollowed out," and derive it from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split."
Now a vessel of considerable size, adapted to navigation; the Old English word was used for small craft as well, and definitions changed over time; in 19c., distinct from a boat in having a bowsprit and three masts, each with a lower, top, and topgallant mast. French esquif, Italian schifo are Germanic loan-words.
Phrase ships that pass in the night is from Longfellow's poem "Elizabeth" in "Tales of a Wayside Inn" (1863). Figurative use of nautical runs a tight ship (i.e., one that does not leak) is attested from 1965.
c.1300, "to send or transport (merchandise, people) by ship; to board a ship; to travel by ship, sail, set sail," also figurative, from ship (n.). Old English scipian is attested only in the senses "take ship, embark; be furnished with a ship." Transferred to other means of conveyance (railroad, etc.) from 1857, originally American English. Related: Shipped; shipping.
Leave, especially for a distant place, as in The transport planes carried troops shipping out to the Mediterranean. Although this usage originally meant “depart by ship,” the expression is no longer limited to that mode of travel. [c. 1900]
Send, export, especially to a distant place, as in The factory shipped out many more orders last month. [Mid-1600s]
Quit a job or be fired; see shape up, def. 3.
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