from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ship with a powerful light or warning signals that is anchored in dangerous waters to alert other vessels.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A ship equipped with a very large lamp; it can be positioned to warn off other ships from dangerous locations, as a sort of portable lighthouse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A vessel equipped like a lighthouse, carrying at the masthead a brilliant light, and moored off a shoal or place of dangerous navigation where a permanent lighthouse would be impracticable, to serve as a guide for mariners.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A vessel riding at anchor and displaying a light for the guidance of mariners, in a position where the bottom or the depth would render a fixed lighthouse-structure impracticable.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ship equipped like a lighthouse and anchored where a permanent lighthouse would be impracticable
light + ship (Wiktionary)