mother ship

noun

Definition of mother ship 

: a ship serving smaller craft

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Lynfred has four locations in the suburbs, but the mother ship is in Roselle, a half-mile stroll from the Metra station. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Once the mission is completed, the micro drones land or swim inside Proteus and are transported the long distance back to their mother ship. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic mini-sub could be a valuable weapon for Navy SEALs," 7 June 2018 In 2004, a mother ship called the WhiteKnight carried a manned spacecraft, SpaceShipOne, to launch altitude. Michael Belfiore, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello to Stratolaunch, the World's Largest Plane," 17 Apr. 2012 The self-driving team is still housed in the mother ship, though, alongside the employees working on delivery drones and internet balloons. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Inside Waymo’s strategy to grow the best brains for self-driving cars," 9 May 2018 Roberts, Stantec’s team drew other visual connections with the mother ship across Clark. Blair Kamin, chicagotribune.com, "New hotel stylishly complements Wrigley Field, but can’t match its authenticity," 6 Apr. 2018 In a way, the Stiletto can act sort of like a mother ship to RHIB's and drones. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Futuristic, new Navy SEAL boat dubbed 'Batmobile'," 13 Apr. 2018 And this is bubbling over to the mother ship known as Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Kardashians Can't Stop, Won't Stop Shading Scott Disick and Sofia Richie's Relationship," 9 Feb. 2018 Hotels are planned nearby, to cater to workers and suppliers paying a visit to the mother ship. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Apple just made $88 billion. It’s paying $6 million for housing," 1 Feb. 2018

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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mother ship

noun

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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