mother ship


Definition of mother ship

: a ship serving smaller craft

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Recent Examples on the Web 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 Both sides had different plans for resolving this dilemma, with the Chinese sending key American personnel to Fuyao’s mainland mother ship to witness firsthand things like elaborate morale-building musical productions. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘American Factory’ manufactures insight into U.S.-Chinese collaboration," 20 Aug. 2019 The meet had been live on NBCSN, and was supposed to jump to the mother ship at 5., "NBC broadcast went dark just as Dalilah Muhammad was about to set a world record: Oregon track & field rundown," 29 July 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 Seahawk and Super Stallion helicopters leap and land like gigantic insects, feeding on the mother ship. Sam Kiley, CNN, "On the ship that downed a military drone, one small mistake could cause a war with Iran," 19 July 2019 Collins remained in lunar orbit, tending to Columbia, the mother ship, while Armstrong and Aldrin landed in the Eagle on July 20, 1969, and spent 2 ½ hours walking the gray, dusty lunar surface. Marcia Dunn, Twin Cities, "Apollo 11 astronaut returns to launch pad 50 years later," 16 July 2019 The fishermen would lower long lines laden with hooks, pull up the catch, and row or sail the dory back to the mother ship to unload it. Billy Baker,, "In Gloucester, racing dory boats is a test of tradition," 25 June 2019 Collins, who orbited the moon in the mother ship while his crewmates were on the surface, was keenly aware that failure was an option. Anchorage Daily News, "How did NASA put men on the moon? One harrowing step at a time.," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of mother ship

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of mother ship was in 1867

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27 Dec 2019

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“Mother ship.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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