from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Midway between the bow and the stern.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb (Naut.) In the middle of a ship, with regard to her length, and sometimes also her breadth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb nautical In the middle of a ship, either longitudinally or laterally.
  • adverb nautical Usually in the line of the keel, but sometimes halfway between bow and stern; often contracted to “midships.” (FM 55-501).
  • adverb figuratively On the flank, at a vulnerable place.
  • interjection A helm order, normally shortened to midships!, to centre the helm in the line of the keel.

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  • adverb at or near or toward the center of a ship


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