ship·​board | \ ˈship-ˌbȯrd How to pronounce shipboard (audio) \

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

Keep your financial expectations in check by keeping tabs on your shipboard account numbers every few days throughout the sailing. Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Things You Should Never Do On a Cruise," 18 July 2019 Non-balcony staterooms earn a $300 shipboard credit, and balcony staterooms and suites receive a $500 credit. Washington Post, "Travel deals: Free hotel night in Vietnam and Aer Lingus sale fare to Europe," 28 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The mines can then be destroyed in place by dive crews or shipboard weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy’s Mine-Hunting Drone Is Ready To Go," 27 Aug. 2019 Training includes physical fitness, seamanship, firearms, firefighting and shipboard damage control along with lessons in Navy heritage and core values, teamwork and discipline. Alan Nunn, Houston Chronicle, "IN THE MILITARY: Houston sailor earns Military Excellence Award at Recruit Training Command," 18 July 2019 With Paul Gauguin Cruises, receive a shipboard credit of up to $500 per stateroom on select South Pacific sailings. Washington Post, "Travel deals: Free hotel night in Vietnam and Aer Lingus sale fare to Europe," 28 June 2019 Seabourn’s Summer Opportunity Sales Event is offering a variety of promotions, including suite upgrades, air discounts, shipboard credits and Internet packages. Washington Post, "Travel deals: A $99 mountain retreat outside L.A. and a South Africa fare sale," 14 June 2019 As for landing without the presence of arresting gear, the F35s will use a technique called shipboard rolling vertical landings. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.K. F-35s Will Use Strange Rolling Carrier Landings," 16 Oct. 2018 Seaview also boasts 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, "Fast-growing MSC Cruises unveils third new ship in a year, MSC Seaview," 11 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce shipboard (audio) \

Kids Definition of shipboard

1 : a ship's side
2 : ship entry 1 sense 1 We met on shipboard.

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