ship·board | \ ˈship-ˌbȯrd \

Definition of shipboard 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the side of a ship

2 : ship met on shipboard



Definition of shipboard (Entry 2 of 2)

: existing or taking place on board a ship

Examples of shipboard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Chocolate wall Alessio Piantanida, executive pastry chef aboard MSC Seaside, whips up chocolate treats at Venchi, a shipboard shoppe from the Italian chocolatier. Jane Wooldridge, miamiherald, "Yes, it looks like a condo. But it’s really a cruise ship — with killer views. | Miami Herald," 13 Mar. 2018 During the course of the war, 530 aircraft were lost in action and 205 crewmen were killed in shipboard fires and accidents. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 After its delivery last May, the ship operated for 70 days and completed 747 shipboard aircraft launches and recoveries, exceeding the goal of about 400, the Navy said. Fortune, "Navy’s Costliest Vessel Ever Just Breached a $12.9 Billion Cap Set by Congress," 12 May 2018 The new geophysical data, acquired using state-of-the-art shipboard sonar and published online earlier this year in Eos, span 2,500 kilometers of seabed. Terri Cook, Scientific American, "Hunt for Flight MH370 Takes Searchers into Uncharted Territory," 1 July 2017 Customers who book by Dec. 31 also will receive a $2,000 shipboard credit. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Viking Ocean Cruises unveils plans for another epic world sailing," 16 Oct. 2017 On shipboard, Jay radiates the same unexpected charm that had captivated the Bard students. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "A Father, a Son and an Epic Journey," 29 Sep. 2017 Though the content of shipboard questionnaires has changed through the years, there’s usually a wealth of data to be found that will prove useful. David Migoya, The Denver Post, "Tracing your family overseas can be a return to undiscovered roots," 14 June 2017 The new geophysical data, acquired using state-of-the-art shipboard sonar and published online earlier this year in Eos, span 2,500 kilometers of seabed. Terri Cook, Scientific American, "Uncharted Territory," 26 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The crew member is being treated by Glory's shipboard medical team, Carnival said. USA TODAY, "Miracle at sea: Man plunges from one cruise ship, rescued by another," 2 July 2018 The Ocean Cleanup researchers said their aerial and shipboard studies in the Pacific have shown the majority of the plastic pollution lies near the surface, where the device can scoop it up. James Rainey /, NBC News, "A young Dutch inventor wants to clean plastic from the ocean. Can he do it?," 13 June 2018 Smaller unpiloted aircraft make more room for shipboard storage of weapons or fuel, said Mike Blades, North American research director for aerospace and security at market research firm Frost & Sullivan. Samantha Masunaga,, "Competition to build the Navy's MQ-25 flying tanker shows how drone fighters are taking on new roles," 25 Apr. 2018 Called the Extraordinary Opportunity Event, the offer gives customers who book select sailings in 2018 and 2019 a free cabin upgrade and up to $500 in shipboard credit per cabin. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Deal watch: Seabourn Cruise Line promotion brings free upgrades, more," 10 Apr. 2018 In nuclear power plants and shipboard nuclear propulsion, for example, fission took the place of coal and oil burned to turn water into the steam used to spin turbines. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Best bad idea ever? Why Putin’s nuclear-powered missile is possible… and awful," 22 Mar. 2018 Royal Buyer, 94, a mechanical engineer for the Navy Department from 1966 to 1988 whose work included the development of gas turbine engines for shipboard propulsion, died Nov. 13 at his home in Rockville, Md. Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 5 Mar. 2018 Like Seaside, Seaview also will boast floor-to-ceiling glass windows and other elements in interior public areas designed to orient the shipboard experience toward the sea to a greater extent than on other large vessels. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "New cruise ships for 2018: MSC Cruises' MSC Seaview," 2 Jan. 2018 His command, plus another one like it in San Diego, trains sailors going to sea in the techniques of shipboard damage control, which includes firefighting. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of shipboard


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1857, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shipboard

: happening or existing on a ship


ship·board | \ ˈship-ˌbȯrd \

Kids Definition of shipboard

1 : a ship's side

2 : ship entry 1 sense 1 We met on shipboard.

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