noun, often attributive \ˈship\

: a large boat used for traveling long distances over the sea

: a large airplane or spacecraft

Full Definition of SHIP

a :  a large seagoing vessel
b :  a sailing vessel having a bowsprit and usually three masts each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast
:  boat; especially :  one propelled by power or sail
:  a ship's crew
:  fortune 3 <when their ship comes in they'll be able to live in better style>

Examples of SHIP

  1. the captain of the ship
  2. He will travel by ship.

Origin of SHIP

Middle English, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay

Rhymes with SHIP



: to send (something) to a customer

: to send (a new product) to stores so that it can be bought by customers

: to send (someone) to a place that is usually far away


Full Definition of SHIP

transitive verb
a :  to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by water
b :  to cause to be transported <shipped him off to prep school>
obsolete :  to provide with a ship
:  to put in place for use <ship the tiller>
:  to take into a ship or boat <ship the gangplank>
:  to engage for service on a ship
:  to take (as water) over the side —used of a boat or a ship
intransitive verb
:  to embark on a ship
a :  to go or travel by ship —often used with out
b :  to proceed by ship or other means under military orders —often used with out
:  to engage to serve on shipboard
:  to be sent for delivery <the order will ship soon>
ship·pa·ble \ˈshi-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of SHIP

  1. The goods were shipped from a foreign port.
  2. Your order is expected to ship soon.
  3. The company will ship its new software next month.
  4. The software will ship next month.
  5. The soldiers were shipped overseas for duty.
  6. When the waves increased, the boat began shipping water.

First Known Use of SHIP

14th century

Other Nautical Terms

avast, aweigh, flotsam, jib, keel, lee, port, starboard, stay


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Large floating vessel capable of crossing open waters. The term formerly was applied to sailing vessels with three or more masts; today it usually denotes a vessel of more than 500 tons' (450 metric tons') displacement. The largest ships today are enormous oil tankers, some of which are 500,000 tons (450,000 metric tons) deadweight. Other specialized ships (containerships) carry general freight in standardized containers that can be easily loaded, unloaded, and transferred. See also battleship, brig, clipper ship, corvette, dhow, frigate, junk, longship, ocean liner, schooner, yacht.


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