ship

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noun

plural ships
often attributive
1
a
: a large seagoing vessel
b
: a sailing vessel having a bowsprit and usually three masts each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast
2
: boat
especially : one propelled by power or sail
3
: a ship's crew
4
: fortune sense 2
when their ship comes in they'll be able to live in better style
5

see also take ship

ship

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verb (1)

shipped; shipping; ships

transitive verb

1
a
: to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by water
b
: to cause to be transported
shipped him off to prep school
2
obsolete : to provide with a ship
3
: to put in place for use
ship the tiller
4
: to take into a ship or boat
ship the gangplank
5
: to engage for service on a ship
6
: to take (water) over the side
used of a boat or a ship

intransitive verb

1
: to embark on a ship
2
a
: to go or travel by ship
often used with out
b
: to proceed by ship or other means under military orders
often used with out
3
: to engage to serve on shipboard
4
: to be sent for delivery
the order will ship soon
shippable adjective

ship

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verb (2)

shipped; shipping; ships

transitive verb

informal
: to wishfully regard (specific people or fictional characters) as being or having the potential to become romantically involved with one another
Naturally, their followers gushed … and started shipping them all over again. "Please be back together," one user commented …Alyssa Morin
The Office's on-and-off pairing remained so tantalizingly close after the series wrapped in 2013 that even [Mindy] Kaling gets why people are still shipping them.Sarah Grossbart
Sean Astin, who portrayed Bob Newby, the love interest of Ryder's character, Joyce Byers, in season 2, told Us Weekly exclusively earlier this month that he hopes Jim and Joyce will end up together. "I've shipped them since the beginning," the 49-year-old declared.Samantha Leffler
One close friendship does develop between two girls, and while fans of other Dreamworks shows like She-Ra and the Princesses of Power may start shipping them, budding romance at this point is only wishful thinking.Alana Joli Abbott
How does one even begin to write about Anne and Diana? … Megan Followes herself ships them.Danny M. Lavery

-ship

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noun suffix

1
: state : condition : quality
friendship
2
: office : dignity : profession
clerkship
3
: art : skill
horsemanship
4
: something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state
township
fellowship
5
: one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation
his Lordship
6
: the body of persons participating in a specified activity
readership
listenership

Examples of ship in a Sentence

Noun the captain of the ship He will travel by ship. Verb (1) The goods were shipped from a foreign port. Your order is expected to ship soon. The company will ship its new software next month. The software will ship next month. The soldiers were shipped overseas for duty. When the waves increased, the boat began shipping water.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In December, 1639, several local Munsee headmen sold five hundred acres of land adjoining the river to Jonas Bronck, a Swede who had arrived on his own ship, the Fire of Troy. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 15 July 2024 Each ship is now estimated to cost more than $9 billion and take 84 months to build. Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2024
Verb
More recently, fans shipped the journalist with Kevin Costner following the Yellowstone star's June 20 Today interview. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 16 July 2024 Apple and Samsung both saw minor declines despite shipping more units overall, according to IDC's numbers. Joe Hindy, PCMAG, 15 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for ship 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship

Verb (2)

verbal derivative of ship "romantic pairing of a fictional couple," shortened from relationship

Noun suffix

Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape — more at shape

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

1998, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ship was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near ship

Cite this Entry

“Ship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ship. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

ship

1 of 3 noun
1
: a large seagoing boat
2
: a ship's crew
3

ship

2 of 3 verb
shipped; shipping
1
a
: to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by water
b
: to cause to be transported
had her boxes shipped home
2
: to take into a ship or boat
ship oars
3
: to sign on as a crew member of a ship
4
: to take in (as water) over the side

-ship

3 of 3 noun suffix
ˌship
1
: state : condition : quality
friendship
apprenticeship
2
: position : office : duties
professorship
3
: art : skill : activity
horsemanship
penmanship
4
: one having or entitled to be called by a (specified) title
his Lordship
her Ladyship
5
: the whole body of persons included in a class
a large readership
Etymology

Noun suffix

Old English -scipe "condition, something having a certain quality"

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