mother ship


Definition of mother ship

: a ship serving smaller craft

Examples of mother ship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Congress came back to the Washington mother ship this week, and the buzz was that the Democrats will move heaven and earth to give the American public a reason to vote for them in November’s midterm elections. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Any person, regardless of race or gender, might work from their Baltimore home three or three and a half weeks a month, but go to the mother ship for face-to-face interactions. Michael B. Arthur, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Work-in-Progress leaders frequently consult with the American mother ship, and use a version of Carhartt’s triple-stitching technique. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2022 Unlike traditional rockets that launch vertically, Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo Unity takes off tethered to the belly of a mother ship. Washington Post, 11 July 2021 The mother ship is the one the size of a Minnie Winnie that sits on a parking lot off Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake complete with bench seating, potted plants and a small office-cum-kitchen. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 Then as the sun peaked over the bay, Wait powered up and motored the mother ship about 600 yards away and idled it near shore. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2021 Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the Times, has suggested that there is something otherworldly about the whistle-blower, like an astronaut who cuts the safety cord and floats away from the mother ship. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2022 First the layout boat was anchored in place and Peikert carefully stepped from the mother ship into the floating blind. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of mother ship

1867, in the meaning defined above

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9 May 2022

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“Mother ship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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