• Katie and Bolton on the deck of the ship
    Katie and Bolton on the deck of the ship
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v ship place on board a ship "ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel"
    • v ship travel by ship
    • v ship transport commercially
    • v ship go on board
    • v ship hire for work on a ship
    • n ship a vessel that carries passengers or freight
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Tom and Pearson on the deck of the ship in the snow Tom and Pearson on the deck of the ship in the snow
I Saw Three Ships music I Saw Three Ships music
The Ships The Ships

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The USS Abraham Lincoln has five gymnasiums on the ship and a basketball league with 22 teams
    • Ship A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense.
    • Ship Any large seagoing vessel. "Like a stately ship . . . With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
      Sails filled, and streamers waving."
      "Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!"
    • Ship By extension, in commercial usage, to commit to any conveyance for transportation to a distance; as, to ship freight by railroad.
    • Ship Hence, to send away; to get rid of.
    • n Ship Pay; reward. "In withholding or abridging of the ship or the hire or the wages of servants."
    • Ship 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.
    • Ship To embark on a ship.
    • Ship To engage or secure for service on board of a ship; as, to ship seamen.
    • Ship To engage to serve on board of a vessel; as, to ship on a man-of-war.
    • Ship To put in its place; as, to ship the tiller or rudder.
    • Ship To put on board of a ship, or vessel of any kind, for transportation; to send by water. "The timber was . . . shipped in the bay of Attalia, from whence it was by sea transported to Pelusium."
    • Ship To receive on board ship; as, to ship a sea.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On a ship a toilet is called a head
    • n ship A vessel of considerable size adapted to navigation: a general term for sea-going vessels of every kind, except boats. Ships are of various sizes and fitted for various uses, and receive different names, according to their rig, motive power (wind or steam or both), and the purposes to which they are applied, as war-ships, transports, merchantmen, barks, brigs, schooners, luggers, sloops, xebecs, galleys, etc. The name ship, as descriptive of a particular rig, and as roughly implying a certain size, has been used to designate 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 topgallantmast, and carries a certain number of square sails. The square sails on the mizzen distinguish a ship from a bark, a bark having only fore and-aft sails on the mizzen. But the development of coastwise navigation, in which the largest vessels have generally a schooner rig and sometimes four masts, has gone far toward rendering this restricted application of the word of little value. Owing to increase of size, and especially increase in length, some sailing vessels now have four masts, and this rig is said to have certain advantages. Until recent times wood, such as oak, pine, etc., was the material of which all ships were constructed, but it is being rapidly superseded by iron and steel; and in Great Britain, which is the chief ship-building country in the world, the tonnage of the wooden vessels constructed is small compared with that of vessels built of iron. The first iron vessel classed at Lloyd's was built at Liverpool in 1838, but iron barges and small vessels had been constructed long before this. Four-masted vessels which are square-rigged on all four masts are called four-masted ships; those which have fore-and-aft sails on the after mast are called four-masted barks. See also cuts under beam, 3, body-plan, counter, forebody, forecastle, keel, poop, and prow.
    • n ship Eccles., a vessel formed like the hull of a ship, in which incense was kept: same as navicula, 1.
    • ship To put or take on board a ship or vessel: as, to ship goods at Liverpool for New York.
    • ship To send or convey by ship; transport by ship.
    • 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.
    • ship To engage for service on board any vessel: as, to ship seamen.
    • ship To fix in proper place: as, to ship the oars, the tiller, or the rudder.
    • ship To go on board a vessel to make a voyage; take ship; embark.
    • ship To engage for service on board a ship.
    • 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 ship 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st 20 African slaves were brought to the US, to the colony of Virginia in 1619, by a Dutch ship.
    • n Ship ship a vessel having three masts, with tops and yards to each: generally, any large sea-going vessel
    • v.t Ship to put on board a ship: to engage for service on board a ship: to transport by ship: to fix in its place
    • v.i Ship to engage for service on shipboard:—pr.p. ship′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. shipped
    • v.t Ship to destroy on the sea: to make to suffer wreck
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  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.”
  • Raul Armesto
    Raul Armesto
    “The world isn't interested in the storms you encountered, but whether or not you brought in the ship.”
  • Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
    “Two lives that once part are as ships that divide.”
  • James Reston
    James Reston
    “The ship of state is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Anyone can steer the ship when the sea is calm.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Some people steer by the light from the stars, while others steer by the lights from each passing ship.”


Jump ship - If you leave a company or institution for another because it is doing badly, you are jumping ship.
Loose lips sink ships - To have loose lips means to have a big mouth, susceptible to talking about everything and everyone. Sinking ships refers to anything from small acquaintances to long and hearty relationships (with friends or a significant other). So when one says loose lips sink ships, one is basically saying if you can't shut up you are going to end hurting people, usually psychologically or emotionally.Loose lips sink ships comes from World War I and/or WWII, when sailors on leave from their ships might talk about what ship they sailed on or where it had come from, or where it was going. If they talked too much (had 'loose lips') they might accidentally provide the enemy with anecdotal information that might later cause their ship to be tracked, and bombed and sunk, hence 'Loose lips sink ships.' Later, it came to mean any excessive talk might sabotage a project.
Rudderless ship - If an organisation, company, government, etc, is like a rudderless ship, it has no clear direction and drifts about without reaching its goals.
Shape up or ship out - If someone has to shape up or ship out, they have to improve or leave their job, organisation, etc.
Ship came in - If your ship has come in, something very good has happened to you.
Spoil the ship for a ha'pworth of tar - (UK) If someone spoils the ship for a ha'pworth (halfpenny's worth) of tar, they spoil something completely by trying to make a small economy.
That ship has sailed - A particular opportunity has passed you by when that ship has sailed.
Tight ship - If you run a tight ship, you control an organization or business firmly to maximise performance.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ship, schip, AS. scip,; akin to OFries. skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib, Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip,; of unknown origin. Cf. Equip Skiff Skipper


In literature:

Had the ship struck on a rock, or could she be going down?
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
As he turned back to the ship, Turgan, followed by the crew of the ship, dashed up.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Ship after ship was put in commission, but no command was tendered to the distinguished American.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
However, I will rehearse the commanders of the ships, and all the ships.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
A ship of mystery and shots.
"Dave Darrin After The Mine Layers" by H. Irving Hancock
He had bravely served from ship to ship through the whole of the war.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The French ship, however, was in a still worse condition.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The admiral sent all the ships of the squadron out of the bay, except his own flag-ship.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had a third mate (Titus), on board the ship who was to go on the other ship at Falmouth, and who was well acquainted here.
"Journal of Jasper Danckaerts, 1679-1680" by Jasper Danckaerts
Among them was the "Weymouth," a ship of forty guns, commanded by the well-known Captain Jumper.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

Them was the days, sonnies,
Them was the men,
Them was the ships
As we'll never see again.
"What The Old Man Said" by Cicely Fox Smith
Ships pass, men pass,
The old ways grow strange,
All but the old faith
That knows not any change —
"The Queen's Ships" by Cicely Fox Smith
My heart it said na, and I looked for Jamie back,
But hard blew the winds, and his ship was a wrack;
His ship was a wrack--why didna Jamie dee?
Or why am I spared to cry, "Woe is me?"
"Auld Robin Gray" by Henry Morley
If ghosts should walk in Deptford, and ships return once more
To every well-known mooring and old familiar shore,
A sight it were to see there, of all fine sights there be,
The shadowy ships of Deptford come crowding in from sea.
"Ghosts In Deptford" by Cicely Fox Smith
A Ship on the sea! Yea, a Ship on the ocean—
Oh, wonderful beauty, oh, beautiful wonder !
Most lovely of shape and majestic of motion,
A silence more thrilling than thunder ! —
'Tis I! And who looks unadmiring at me,
A Ship on the sea ?
"Song Of A Ship" by John Joy Bell
"I wish I may lie where them ships lie, an' no more sail the sea,
An' drink the drink them dead men drank, poor sailormen like me,—
So let me drink if I forget, an' so for ever lie,
If ever I ship with square'eads more until the day I die."
"Squareheads" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

The fire-damaged container ship MSC Flaminia has been declared safe for passage through the English Channel but is awaiting approvals from nations along the ship's route to Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
The ship sank 44 years ago today after colliding with a Taiwanese steam ship in the Mississippi River near White Castle.
The nautical festivities associated with Fleet Week -- tours of boats, exhibitions of naval military might, parades of war ships and tall ships -- will be off the gaff.
The keyboards will ship directly from Korg USA in New York (shipping within the USA only).
Ship manager Andy Smith told the 'Houston Chronicle' the ship will remain open to visitors this weekend, but is set to close Monday, reports Associated Press.
The shipping company says it expects today to be the busiest shipping day of the year *and in its history.
When people think about shipping products and goods these days, they usually think about ships or trucks.
The samples are required for a study of a $300 million deepening of the harbor shipping channel so it can handle larger container ships.
Shipping includes professional packaging and shipping.
Shipping deadlines and Free Shipping Day .
The ore ship Edmund Fitzgerald , at one time the largest working ship on the Great Lakes.
Shipping deadlines and Free Shipping Day.
Survey ship HMS Echo become the first Royal Navy ship to visit Libya since the fall of Colonel Gaddafi .
Each day she watched for his ship, until the day word came that the ship and all hands were lost in a terrible storm.
Capes Shipping Agencies, a Norfolk, Va.-based ships agency and bulk coal freight forwarder, has expanded its operations in New Orleans, Houston and Portland, Ore.

In science:

This interface virtually realizes a SHIP channel with one end in the HW partition and one end in the SW partition of the system.
Systematic Transaction Level Modeling of Embedded Systems with SystemC
This aspect is crucial because of limited processing power of computers shipped.
The eel-like robot
If desired, the customer can specify different shipping address for different items in the cart.
A UI Design Case Study and a Prototype of a Travel Search Engine
Different shipping addresses for different items in the cart.
A UI Design Case Study and a Prototype of a Travel Search Engine
Re call, the re la tion ship (19) was pro vided by the con di tion qa (x = 0) = qe (x = 0) used in with the same prob lem.
Research Note on a Parabolic Heat-Balance Integral Method with Unspecified Exponent: An Entropy Generation Approach in Optimal Profile Determination