ship·​mate | \ ˈship-ˌmāt How to pronounce shipmate (audio) \

Definition of shipmate

: a fellow sailor

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This helped confirm that Goodsir and his shipmates buried at Beechey Island had been exposed to the same general lead sources. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Strands of hair shed light on doomed 19th-century Arctic expedition," 30 Sep. 2018 The retired Navy officer had just gone to bed on the USS Oriskany in October 1966 when stacks of parachute flares used to light up bombing targets in Vietnam burst into flames on board, killing 44 shipmates. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "On Memorial Day in D.C., signs of respect and echoes of all that was lost," 28 May 2018 Another monolith appears on the moon, and yet another in orbit around Jupiter, where an astronaut named Dave Bowman connects with it after subduing a neurotic computer, the HAL 9000, which has murdered his shipmates. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ Is Still the ‘Ultimate Trip’," 10 May 2018 In Kaphar’s version, the Italian and his shipmates are literally bound up with cloth that’s been shoved into their body forms on the canvas. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "Two Artists in Search of Missing History," 5 Apr. 2018 Mary especially liked traveling to her husband John's annual Naval Reunions and socializing with his shipmates and their spouses., "Mary A. Schaub," 22 Feb. 2018 The flimsy plot revolves around nefarious developers' plans to demolish the bar, while further complications are provided by Jarbas' former shipmates turning up in pursuit of unpaid debts. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'My Own Private Hell' ('Inferninho'): Film Review | Rotterdam 2018," 31 Jan. 2018 The sailors struggled in virtual darkness to climb out of the flood; senior sailors risked their lives to go into the water and rescue as many of their shipmates as possible. Jim Talent, National Review, "War with North Korea Is a Distinct Possibility," 15 Sep. 2017 Neither expected to find a soul mate alongside their shipmates. Alix Strauss, New York Times, "They Found the Harbor for Their Hearts," 3 Nov. 2017

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1748, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shipmate

: a sailor who works or sails on the same ship as another sailor

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