- 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
verb (used with or without object), shipped, ship·ping.
Origin of ship2
Examples from the Web for shipped
Contemporary Examples of shipped
When Lewis was shipped off to Vietnam, his son was just three months old, and the timing of the assignment worried Lewis.A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
It was then shipped to Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, and sold for 50 cents on the dollar.The Flying Sorcery of Dr. Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvel's Most Bizarre Magician
December 8, 2014
This powder can be shipped anywhere and then reconstituted—just add water, as if it were instant coffee.Powdered Measles Vaccine Could Be Huge for Developing World
December 2, 2014
At break time, the entire assembly line would run over to play the machines that were ready to be shipped out.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age
November 29, 2014
The remains were shipped to Fiji just as the war was about to sweep the region.How Amelia's Plane Was Found
October 30, 2014
Historical Examples of shipped
The two saddle-horses and a team for carriage use had been shipped ahead.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
But when I shipped along o' you,' says he, 'I 'lowed I could cook.Quaint Courtships
We now shipped together in a vessel called the Jane, bound to Limerick.
The schooner was wet, and the seas she shipped would put out my fire.
We shipped a heavy sea, that stove our boat, and almost swept the decks.
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.
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