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  1. a large commercial vessel, especially one driven by steam.
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Origin of steamship

First recorded in 1780–90; steam + ship1
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Examples from the Web for steamship

Historical Examples

  • We should encourage the establishment of American steamship lines.

    United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches


  • He it was who forged the shaft of the Savannah, the first steamship which crossed the Atlantic.

  • The purser's room was well forward on the Atlantic steamship.

  • This was done in the case of the steamship Vosges, which was sunk on March 28, 1915.

  • The steamship had risen above the horizon, and was heading towards the bay.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

British Dictionary definitions for steamship


  1. a ship powered by one or more steam engines
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