Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Amidships.
  • adv. In the center position. Used of the helm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Alternative form of amidships.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the middle of a ship; -- properly amidships.
  • n.pl. The timbers at the broadest part of the vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the middle of a ship: more properly amidships.
  • Nautical, the timbers at the broadest part of a vessel.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. at or near or toward the center of a ship

Etymologies

Probably short for amidships.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A single spar stood up out of its centre, or "midships," to which was rigged -- in a very slovenly manner -- a large lateen sail, -- either the spanker or spritsail of a ship, or the mizzen topsail of a bark.

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea

  • A little aft of "midships" a pyramidal lump of fatty substance projected several feet above the line of the vertebras.

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea

  • "midships," while those with the narrower bend were set towards the narrower ends of the plank.

    The Young Voyageurs Boy Hunters in the North

  • The bow appears to be still firmly wedged onto the reef, we have lost more than 30 containers from the stern and midships, Maritime NZ director Catherine Taylor told reporters.

    New Zealand oil spill ship captain charged

  • Lingaard, too old to labour at the sweeps, had been surgeon, undertaker, and midwife of the huddled captives in the open midships.

    Chapter 17

  • One of the hunters, a tall, loose-jointed chap named Henderson, was going aft at the time from the steerage (the name the hunters facetiously gave their midships sleeping quarters) to the cabin.

    Chapter 4

  • Through a crack in the trapdoor, the gnome looked out and spotted Bas Ohn-Koraf hurrying toward midships to comply, his large hands catching the offending rope.

    Father Swarat

  • Kof stood at the rail at midships, watching as the cleft mysteriously sealed itself.

    Father Swarat

  • Though exhausted, they scurried about, tugging the mainsail free from midships.

    Father Swarat

  • When the seating was removed or lashed to the deck, a sled could carry enormous weight, on board or attached to the powerful winches fore, aft and midships on either side.

    Cattle Town

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