star·​ship | \ˈstär-ˌship \

Definition of starship 

: a spacecraft designed for interstellar travel

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After nearly two long years, the starship Enterprise has boldly gone where it's never gone before: the front entrance of Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Fully Restored "Star Trek" Enterprise Unveiled at Smithsonian Air and Space Museum," 28 June 2016 With David Strathairn as Ashford, a former pirate who is now a respectable starship second-in-command, and Elizabeth Mitchell as the Methodist pastor Anna, the series had more star power than ever. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The Expanse is an excellent sci-fi space opera. But it’s fundamentally a detective show.," 1 July 2018 Solo, starring Alden Ehrenreich in the role originally played by Harrison Ford, promises to feature a newer, shinier Falcon that still has that fresh starship smell. Mike Miller,, "How Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Show the Millennium Falcon in All Its Glory," 29 May 2018 The story involves the theft of a cache of coaxium, which is both starship fuel and fuel for a revolution. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: Solo Is an Uneven Star Wars Film. But It's Filled With Terrific Performances," 16 May 2018 Star Trek fans have suffered quietly while never receiving a LEGO set of their favorite starships, but Mega Bloks has stepped in to fill the void with the NCC-1701 3098-piece USS Enterprise. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: Finding the Right Ladder," 30 May 2018 That would make this fleeing starship look like a naval battle on Earth. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Something's Off With the Turbolaser Shots in The Last Jedi," 11 May 2018 Their mission: To steal a very expensive material named Coaxium, which can fuel starships. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful," 23 May 2018 How could a starship—or any technology designed to detect natural forces and objects—discover a supernatural God, who by definition would be beyond any such sensors? Michael Shermer, Scientific American, "Belief in Aliens May Be a Religious Impulse," 1 Oct. 2017

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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