mother ship


: a ship serving smaller craft

Examples of mother ship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vessel must remain in constant contact with the mother ship in order to coordinate a safe return. Time, 20 June 2023 Both places offer less complicated dishes (Côte de Cochon au Lassi de tomate) and less intimidating prices (fifty-five euros for lunch) than the mother ship with the wide-open kitchen. David Denby, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 That kind of maneuver had to be perfected in order for a lunar module to descend to the moon from an orbiting command ship and later blast off from the lunar surface, then rendezvous and link up with the mother ship for the trip back to Earth. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 All five passengers on board the Titan, a 23,000-pound vessel roughly the size of a minivan, were killed shortly after the vessel lost contact with its mother ship about 1 hour and 45 minutes into its dive toward the Titanic. Celina Tebor, CNN, 10 Oct. 2023 Schwarzenegger’s Golden Boy has a lot in common with Homelander and in his untethered intensity, there are effective similarities to Starr’s performance in the mother ship. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Sep. 2023 What about actually digging into the asteroid or kicking up rock for the mother ship to recover? IEEE Spectrum, 8 Sep. 2023 Authorities in Canada also tasked with probing the incident will be reviewing voice recordings from the submersible’s mother ship, the Polar Prince, Canadian officials said. Nouran Salahieh, CNN, 26 June 2023 In coordination with Canadian authorities, investigators are also collecting evidence at the port of St. John’s in Newfoundland, the home of the Titan’s mother ship, the Polar Prince, officials said. Nick Stoico,, 25 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mother ship was in 1867

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“Mother ship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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