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noun \ˈship\

Simple Definition of ship

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

  • : a large airplane or spacecraft

Full Definition of ship

  1. 1a :  a large seagoing vesselb :  a sailing vessel having a bowsprit and usually three masts each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast

  2. 2 :  boat; especially :  one propelled by power or sail

  3. 3 :  a ship's crew

  4. 4 :  fortune 3 <when their ship comes in they'll be able to live in better style>

  5. 5 :  airship, airplane, spacecraft

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

Rhymes with ship




Simple Definition of 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


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by waterb :  to cause to be transported <shipped him off to prep school>

  3. 2 obsolete :  to provide with a ship

  4. 3 :  to put in place for use <ship the tiller>

  5. 4 :  to take into a ship or boat <ship the gangplank>

  6. 5 :  to engage for service on a ship

  7. 6 :  to take (as water) over the side —used of a boat or a ship

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to embark on a ship

  10. 2a :  to go or travel by ship —often used with outb :  to proceed by ship or other means under military orders —often used with out

  11. 3 :  to engage to serve on shipboard

  12. 4 :  to be sent for delivery <the order will ship soon>

ship·pa·ble play \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.

14th Century

First Known Use of ship

14th century

Other Nautical Terms


noun suffix

Simple Definition of -ship

  • : the state or condition of being something

  • : the position, status, or duties of something

  • : skill or ability as someone or something

Full Definition of -ship

  1. 1 :  state :  condition :  quality <friendship>

  2. 2 :  office :  dignity :  profession <clerkship>

  3. 3 :  art :  skill <horsemanship>

  4. 4 :  something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state <township> <fellowship>

  5. 5 :  one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation <his Lordship>

  6. 6 :  the body of persons participating in a specified activity <readership> <listenership>

Origin of -ship

Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape — more at shape

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