star·​ship | \ ˈstär-ˌship How to pronounce starship (audio) \

Definition of starship

: a spacecraft designed for interstellar travel

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Recent Examples on the Web The plane's exterior is decked out with a Star Wars-themed paint design, including X-wing and TIE fighter starships and a lightsaber. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "United Airlines launching 'Star Wars'-themed plane with C-3PO and R2-D2 in safety video," 29 Oct. 2019 Just enter the plane's tail number N36272 and the plane appears on the app or online as an X-wing starship. Chris Mcginnis, Houston Chronicle, "United Airlines 'Star Wars' plane makes maiden flight from Houston's IAH," 8 Nov. 2019 To Hein, launching Project Lyra would be akin to building humanity’s first starship — and doing it on the cheap. NBC News, "Visitors from deep space are buzzing our solar system. The race is on to explore them.," 17 Oct. 2019 Bassoons grumbling when Luke’s starship becomes increasingly mired in the swamp before flutes, celeste and harp bring hope with an ethereal, mysterious mood. Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, "Review: Minnesota Orchestra’s ‘Empire Strikes Back’ makes music paramount," 3 Oct. 2019 The Millennium Falcon The centerpiece was undoubtedly the full-size Millennium Falcon starship., "I recently had an early look at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in Orlando. Here are five interstellar takeaways.," 13 Sep. 2019 Disney has said that the park will be a completely immersive experience, with guests interacting with in-universe characters, and staying in a hotel decked out like a starship. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Disney’s Star Wars park will come with original music from John Williams," 17 Nov. 2018 The latest is Record of a Spaceborn Few, which follows the descendants of the last flotilla of starships to depart Earth, who have clung to their way of life aboard the aging fleet. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Of course this speed will change based on the assumption of the distance between starships. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Something's Off With the Turbolaser Shots in The Last Jedi," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of starship

1882, in the meaning defined above

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“Starship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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