light·​ship | \ ˈlīt-ˌship How to pronounce lightship (audio) \

Definition of lightship

: a ship equipped with a brilliant light and moored at a place dangerous to navigation

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Recent Examples on the Web Shopping and sightseeing go hand-in-hand; galleries showcase local artists, boutiques sell high style and resort casual attire, emporiums carry distinctive lightship baskets. Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 Former Massachusetts State Senator Bill Golden is selling his Nantucket lightship for $5.2 million. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "The Former Senator Who Made His Home Aboard a Historic Lightship," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of lightship

1837, in the meaning defined above

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“Lightship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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