mother ship


Definition of mother ship

: a ship serving smaller craft

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Recent Examples on the Web The survey underscores that at least some businesses and their workers may be on a collision course as life gradually returns to normal and employers start requiring staffers to come back to the mother ship. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Nearly 30% of working professionals would quit if they had to return to the office post-pandemic," 5 Jan. 2021 Like Virgin Galactic’s spaceship, the rocket is tethered to a mother ship, in this case a 747, that takes it to an altitude of some 40,000 feet. Washington Post, "2021 could be a huge year for space. Here’s what’s to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.," 30 Dec. 2020 On the morning of October 14, 1947, the X-1 was once again carried aloft by its B-29 mother ship. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Chuck Yeager has died at 97, but the legacy of his record-breaking flight lives on," 8 Dec. 2020 Some, like the Muslim American Society, purport to be the quasi-official presence of the Brotherhood’s Egyptian mother ship. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Chris Wray Is Right: Antifa Is an Ideological Threat to the United States," 3 Oct. 2020 All the calorie-laden goodness of the Rustica mother ship on W. Lake Street in Minneapolis (oh, those currant scones), along with a long line of Dogwood Coffee beverages. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "30 Twin Cities restaurants that have opened during the coronavirus pandemic," 12 Aug. 2020 So are boat hunts based in a mother ship with smaller craft used to reach shore. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "Spring Bear Hunting Forecast for the U.S. and Canada," 2 Apr. 2020 Unlike the drone, this one was steered manually from the mother ship, and had high-definition cameras. John Ismay, New York Times, "Navy Submarine, Missing for 75 Years, Is Found Off Okinawa," 10 Nov. 2019 Even if the company’s subsidiaries, most notably Instagram and WhatsApp, were broken off the mother ship, Facebook would still be the largest social media company by a long way. Alexis Papazoglou, The New Republic, "Facebook Is a New Form of Power," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of mother ship

1867, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jan 2021

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“Mother ship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mother ship

: a large ship or spaceship that sends out boats or smaller spaceships to explore, do scientific research, etc.

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