Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A steamship that carries the mails.

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Examples

  • We came through the Mediterranean in March, with a very cold wind; and the only place on board the mail-steamer where their large cage could be accommodated was exposed to a strong current of air down a hatchway which stood open day and night, yet the birds never seemed to feel the cold.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • We were reduced to dropping small coin over the taffrail for expectant men and boys to dive for through the clear blue water, and to betting upon the time of arrival of the Austrian Lloyds or the Russian mail-steamer.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 22. July, 1878.

  • The time fixed for the arrival of the mail-steamer was understood to be about January 1, 1849, but the day came and went without any tidings of her.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • As the mail-steamer came in on February 17, 1855, according to her custom, she ran close to the Long Wharf (Meiggs's) on North Beach, to throw ashore the express-parcels of news for speedy delivery.

    Memoirs of the Union's Three Great Civil War Generals

  • Thence he was transferred to the mail-steamer _Isla de Panay_ bound to Barcelona.

    The Philippine Islands

  • Crowds of suspects were brought into Manila, and shiploads of them were sent away in local steamers to the Caroline Islands and Mindanao, whilst every mail-steamer carried batches of them _en route_ for Fernando Po.

    The Philippine Islands

  • The mail-steamer _Isla de Mindanao_ was aground off Las

    The Philippine Islands

  • Towards the end of October he ran short of ammunition, but, opportunely, the Spanish mail-steamer _Buenos Aires_ brought him a supply with which he could continue the struggle.

    The Philippine Islands

  • During several months no trading or mail-steamer came, and the Zamboangueños were practically cut off from the rest of the world.

    The Philippine Islands

  • He left Manila _en route_ for Madrid in the Spanish mail-steamer _Covadonga_ in the first week of July and returned to Manila the next year (November 1898).

    The Philippine Islands

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