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ship

noun, often attributive \ ˈship \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of ship

1 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
2 :boat; especially :one propelled by power or sail
3 :a ship's crew
4 :fortune 3
  • when their ship comes in they'll be able to live in better style

Examples of ship in a Sentence

  1. the captain of the ship

  2. He will travel by ship.

Recent Examples of ship from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of ship

Middle English, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship

Other Nautical Terms


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ship

verb

Definition of ship

shipped; shipping
transitive verb
1 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
2 obsolete :to provide with a ship
3 :to put in place for use
  • ship the tiller
4 :to take into a ship or boat
  • ship the gangplank
5 :to engage for service on a ship
6 :to take (water) over the side used of a boat or a ship
intransitive verb
1 :to embark on a ship
2 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
3 :to engage to serve on shipboard
4 :to be sent for delivery
  • the order will ship soon

shippable

play \ˈshi-pə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of ship in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of ship

14th century

Other Nautical Terms


-ship

noun suffix

Definition of -ship

1 :state :condition :quality
  • friendship
2 :office :dignity :profession
  • clerkship
3 :art :skill
  • horsemanship
4 :something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state
  • township
  • fellowship
5 :one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation
  • his Lordship
6 :the body of persons participating in a specified activity
  • readership
  • listenership

Origin and Etymology of -ship

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



SHIP Defined for English Language Learners

ship

noun

Definition of ship for English Language Learners

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

  • : a large airplane or spacecraft


ship

verb

Definition of ship for English Language Learners

  • : 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


-ship

noun suffix

Definition of -ship for English Language Learners

  • : the state or condition of being something

  • : the position, status, or duties of something

  • : skill or ability as someone or something


SHIP Defined for Kids

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ship

noun \ ˈship \

Definition of ship for Students

1 :a large boat designed for travel by sea
3 :a vehicle for traveling beyond the earth's atmosphere
  • a rocket ship

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ship

verb

Definition of ship for Students

shipped; shipping
1 :to cause to be transported
  • The grain was shipped by rail.
2 :to put or receive on board for transportation by water
3 :to send (someone) to a place
  • They shipped her off to boarding school.
4 :to take into a ship or boat
  • ship oars
  • ship water
5 :to sign on as a crew member on a ship

-ship

noun suffix \ ˌship \

Definition of -ship for Students

1 :state :condition :quality
  • friendship
2 :office :rank :profession
  • authorship
3 :skill
  • penmanship
4 :something showing a quality or state of being
  • championship
  • township
5 :someone having a specified rank
  • your Lordship


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