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

  • n. A vessel of considerable size for deep-water navigation.
  • n. A sailing vessel having three or more square-rigged masts.
  • n. An aircraft or spacecraft.
  • n. The crew of one of these vessels.
  • n. One's fortune: When my ship comes in, I'll move to a larger house.
  • transitive v. To place or receive on board a ship: shipped the cargo in the hold.
  • transitive v. To cause to be transported by or as if by ship; send. See Synonyms at send1.
  • transitive v. To place (a ship's mast or rudder, for example) in its working position.
  • transitive v. To bring into a ship or boat: ship an anchor.
  • transitive v. To place (an oar) in a resting position inside a boat without removing it from the oarlock.
  • transitive v. To hire (a person) for work on a ship.
  • transitive v. To take in (water) over the side of a ship.
  • intransitive v. To go aboard a ship; embark.
  • intransitive v. To travel by ship.
  • intransitive v. To hire oneself out or enlist for service on a ship.
  • ship out To accept a position on board a ship and serve as a crew member: shipped out on a tanker.
  • ship out To leave, as for a distant place: troops shipping out to the war zone.
  • ship out To send, as to a distant place.
  • ship out Informal To quit, resign from, or otherwise vacate a position: Shape up or ship out.
  • idiom tight ship A well-managed and efficient business, household, or organization: We run a tight ship.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A water-borne vessel generally larger than a boat.
  • n. A vessel which travels through any medium other than across land, such as an airship or spaceship.
  • n. A sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts.
  • v. To send by water-borne transport.
  • v. To send (a parcel or container) to a recipient (by any means of transport).
  • v. To engage to serve on board a vessel.
  • v. To embark on a ship.
  • v. To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
  • v. To pass (from one person to another)
  • v. To go all in.
  • v. To trade or send a player to another team.
  • n. A fictional romantic relationship between two persons, either real or themselves fictional.
  • v. To be a fan of or promote a certain ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pay; reward.
  • n. Any large seagoing vessel.
  • n. Specifically, a vessel furnished with a bowsprit and three masts (a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast), each of which is composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast, and square-rigged on all masts. See Illustation in Appendix.
  • n. A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense.
  • intransitive v. To engage to serve on board of a vessel.
  • intransitive v. To embark on a ship.
  • transitive v. To put on board of a ship, or vessel of any kind, for transportation; to send by water.
  • transitive v. By extension, in commercial usage, to commit to any conveyance for transportation to a distance.
  • transitive v. Hence, to send away; to get rid of.
  • transitive v. To engage or secure for service on board of a ship.
  • transitive v. To receive on board ship.
  • transitive v. To put in its place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put or take on board a ship or vessel: as, to ship goods at Liverpool for New York.
  • To send or convey by ship; transport by ship.
  • To deliver to a common carrier, forwarder, express company, etc., for transportation, whether by land or water or both: as, to ship by express, by railway, or by stage.
  • To engage for service on board any vessel: as, to ship seamen.
  • To fix in proper place: as, to ship the oars, the tiller, or the rudder.
  • To go on board a vessel to make a voyage; take ship; embark.
  • To engage for service on board a ship.
  • A common English suffix, which may be attached to any noun denoting a person or agent to denote the state, office, dignity, profession, art, or proficiency of such person or agent: as, lord- ship, fellowship, friendship, clerkship, steward- ship, horsemanship, worship (orig. worthship), etc.
  • n. A vessel of considerable size adapted to navigation: a general term for sea-going vessels of every kind, except boats.
  • n. Eccles., a vessel formed like the hull of a ship, in which incense was kept: same as navicula, 1.
  • n. In an ancient style of chess played with dice, the piece called ‘bishop’ in the modern game. In this game each player had two sets of white pieces and two sets of black pieces respectively, consisting of two kings, two rooks (elephants), two knights (equestrians), two bishops (ships), and four pawns (pedestrians) each.

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

  • v. go on board
  • v. hire for work on a ship
  • v. place on board a ship
  • n. a vessel that carries passengers or freight
  • v. travel by ship
  • v. transport commercially


Middle English, from Old English scip.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English ship, schip, from Old English scip, from Proto-Germanic *skipan (compare West Frisian skip, Dutch schip, German Schiff, Danish skib), from Proto-Indo-European *skēi-b-, *ski-b- (compare Lithuanian skiẽbti ‘to rip up’, Latvian škibît ‘to cut, lop’). (Wiktionary)
From relationship. (Wiktionary)



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