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

  • adjective Of or located in the middle of a ship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Being or belonging to the middle of a ship: as, a midship beam.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to, or being in, the middle of a ship.
  • adjective (Naut.) the beam or timber upon which the broadest part of a vessel is formed.
  • adjective the broadest frame in a vessel.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to the middle of a ship or a boat.
  • noun The middle of a ship or a boat.


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  • This method does not interfere with the use of the so called midship-tack, but change of putting on bands, from the leech of the sail at the reef to the center tack would be necessary.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 829, November 21, 1891

  • This is managed by the carpenter taking what is called her midship section, and making a slight framework model to guide the stowage of the booms.

    The Lieutenant and Commander

  • And with the motor mounted further toward the midline of the chassis "midship", it gives the car an even more nimble quality than before because most of the rotational mass is in the middle of the vehicle.

    2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata

  • Immediately over the "midship" section of the hull, and extending one hundred and fifty feet in either direction fore and aft from this point, placed upon the "back," so to speak, of the hull, was a superstructure shaped somewhat like the above-water portion of a double-ended Thames steamboat, with a deck, thirty feet in width at its broadest part, protected by an open railing in place of the usual bulwarks.

    With Airship and Submarine A Tale of Adventure

  • Towering high in the air, and almost filling the glade from end to end with her enormous length, was an object measuring no fewer than six hundred feet long, of cylindrical shape, sixty feet in diameter at her so-called "midship" section, and tapering away fore and aft by a series of finely curved lines, to the pointed extremities of the bow and stern.

    With Airship and Submarine A Tale of Adventure

  • From the main deck, in the alley-way between the 'midship-house and the rail, came the voices of


  • It spanned from the forecastle-head to the forecastle-house, next to the 'midship house, and then to the poop.


  • Mr. Pike took charge of the 'midship-house and the poop.


  • The cabin is also further midship than it feels, with the relatively large 22-gallon tank sitting between the seats and the rear axle.

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  • How Charles Davis survives in that wet, freezing, paint-scabbed room of iron in the 'midship-house is beyond me -- just as it is beyond me that the wretched sailors in the wretched forecastle do not lie down in their bunks and die, or, at least, refuse to answer the call of the watches.



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