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

  • n. The condition of being aboard a ship: on shipboard.
  • n. Archaic The side of a ship.
  • adj. Existing or occurring on board a ship: a shipboard fire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Occurring or existing on board a ship.
  • n. The side of a ship.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ship's side; hence, by extension, a ship; -- found chiefly in adverbial phrases.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A board or plank of a ship.
  • n. The deck or side of a ship: used chiefly or only in the adverbial phrase on shipboard: as, to go on shipboard or a-shipboard.

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

  • adj. casual or ephemeral as if taking place on board a ship


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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  • Despite such events—at times there is an almost magic-realist quality to the shipboard goings-on—"The Cat's Table" is well-grounded in reality.

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  • Mr. Ondaatje's fictional Oronsay has other sinister aspects more associated with Melville's maritime world than with the placid shipboard life half a century ago.

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  • Mostly, these are shipboard alarms, distress calls, klaxons and alerts, but I also use running water, wind or crickets chirping to create some ambience.

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  • The Japanese earned their drubbing—failings in task-force organization, shipboard damage control and aerial reconnaissance cost them dearly.

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