American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. Midway between the bow and the stern.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In or toward the middle of a ship, or that part which is midway between the stem and the stern.
- In the middle line of a ship; over and in line with the keel: as, to put the helm amid ships.
- adv. nautical In the middle of a ship, either longitudinally or laterally.
- adv. nautical Usually in the line of the keel, but sometimes halfway between bow and stern; often contracted to “midships.” (FM 55-501).
- adv. figuratively On the flank, at a vulnerable place.
- interj. A helm order, normally shortened to midships!, to centre the helm in the line of the keel.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. (Naut.) In the middle of a ship, with regard to her length, and sometimes also her breadth.
- adv. at or near or toward the center of a ship
“The sides of the ships are protected by iron plating of eight-inch thickness amidships, which is an inch more of iron than the armour possessed by the majority of our masted sea-going ironclads, many of which are twice or thrice the size of the _Cyclops_ and her sister-ships.”
“amidships" as Sahwah would have expressed it, and she wept over the linens in the cedar chest.”
“The Storstad somehow rammed the Empress amidships.”
“Wolf Larsen went amidships and took the coil of the throat-halyards from its pin.”
“Frona lay, head thrown back, sobbing at the sun; amidships Corliss sprawled panting; and forward, choking and gasping and nerveless, the”
“In the bow was Kerfoot, Oofty-Oofty in the stern, and Kelly amidships.”
“At either end of the canoe there was room to spare, but amidships”
“Our men, clustering amidships, waved their hats and raised a derisive cheer.”
“From amidships, revolver in hand, the mate was springing toward him.”
“Ruth sat near him in the stern, while the three young fellows lounged amidships, deep in a wordy wrangle over”
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