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

  • abbr. Her (or His) Majesty's Ship

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  • Her (or His) Majesty's Ship — ship prefix of the Royal Navy of the UK
  • Her (or His) Majesty's Service

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A prefix used in the names of British warships, meaning His Majesty's Ship or Her Majesty's Ship.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • Beagle 2 was named to commemorate Charles Darwin's five-year voyage around the world in HMS Beagle (1831-36).

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  • He joined the Royal Navy during World War II at the age of nineteen and as an ordinary seaman in HMS Belfast served on Russian convoy duty.

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  • The film Margin Call takes us inside a fictional investment bank called HMS to show what it must've been like within the halls of Lehman Brothers during that fateful 24-hour period before its collapse, as executives slowly acknowledge that not only had they built a bomb that will blow up the economy, but that they could save some money if they lit the fuse themselves and were the first out the door.

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  • "I seem to remember reading somewhere that Tottenham supporters raised enough money during WWII to buy a battleship for the Royal Navy, called the HMS Hotspur," writes Paris Goursoyannis.

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  • The name HMS Prince of Wales has been borne by seven previous ships of the Royal Navy:

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  • A friend reading my review of Temeraire observed that the name for him always conjures up images of a contemporary naval thriller, The Deep Silence by Douglas Reeman, which features a nuclear submarine called HMS Temeraire.

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  • Moreover, instructional information may be related to factual (descriptive) information in performative contexts, such as christening (e.g., “this ship is now called HMS The Informer”) or programming (e.g., as when deciding the type of a variable).

    Semantic Conceptions of Information

  • Granted, Brown's gift to Obama was classier: a penholder fashioned out of the wood of a 19th-century warship called HMS President.

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  • During his historic trip to Washington, Gordon Brown gave Barack Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet - once called HMS President.

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  • Speaking at a press conference in London, Mr Stemm said the wreck was identified as HMS Victory when he raised two extremely rare bronze canons, measuring 12ft and weighing four tonnes, which could only have belonged to the British man of war. news business sport the Daily Telegraph newspaper Sunday Telegraph


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