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

  • adv. Midway between the bow and the stern.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In the middle of a ship, either longitudinally or laterally.
  • adv. Usually in the line of the keel, but sometimes halfway between bow and stern; often contracted to “midships.” (FM 55-501).
  • adv. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In the middle of a ship, with regard to her length, and sometimes also her breadth.

from The 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.

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

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


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  • 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.

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  • "amidships" as Sahwah would have expressed it, and she wept over the linens in the cedar chest.

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  • The Storstad somehow rammed the Empress amidships.

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  • Wolf Larsen went amidships and took the coil of the throat-halyards from its pin.

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  • Frona lay, head thrown back, sobbing at the sun; amidships Corliss sprawled panting; and forward, choking and gasping and nerveless, the

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  • In the bow was Kerfoot, Oofty-Oofty in the stern, and Kelly amidships.

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  • At either end of the canoe there was room to spare, but amidships

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  • Our men, clustering amidships, waved their hats and raised a derisive cheer.

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  • 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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  • “Noël Coward singing three of his wartime songs, accompanied fore and aft by an orchestra conducted by Carroll Gibbons, and amidships by the Piccadilly Theatre Orchestra conducted by Mantovani.”

    —Donald Macleod, Composer of the Week, BBC Radio 3 (30th April 2008)

    May 1, 2008