Meaning of SHIP in English
I. ship 1 S2 W2 /ʃɪp/ BrE AmE noun [countable]
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: scip ]
1 . a large boat used for carrying people or goods across the sea:
the ship’s captain
a luxury cruise ship
supplies that came by ship
2 . a large spacecraft
⇨ jump ship at ↑ jump 1 (16), ⇨ run a tight ship at ↑ tight 1 (5)
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■ ships that carry people
▪ passenger ship a ship that carries people rather than goods
▪ cruise ship a large ship that people have holidays on
▪ liner a large ship that sails long distances across the ocean:
an ocean liner
a transatlantic liner
▪ ferry a ship that makes short regular journeys between two places:
The ferry operates daily between Hull and Zeebrugge.
■ ships that carry goods
▪ cargo ship/merchant ship a ship that carries goods rather than people
▪ container ship a ship that carries goods in special containers which can be put on trucks
▪ freighter a large ship that carries goods
▪ oil tanker a ship that carries oil
▪ supertanker a very large ship that carries oil
▪ barge a ship that carries goods on a river or canal
■ military ships
▪ warship a military ship with guns, used in a war
▪ battleship the largest type of ship used in war, with very big guns on it
▪ aircraft carrier a military ship that planes can fly from or land on
▪ destroyer a small fast military ship with guns, often used for protecting battleships
▪ gunboat a small fast ship with guns on it, often used in shallow water near a coast
▪ submarine a military ship that can stay under water:
a nuclear submarine
▪ minesweeper a military ship used for removing bombs from under water
II. ship 2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle shipped , present participle shipping )
1 . [transitive] to send goods somewhere by ship, plane, truck etc
ship something out/to/over etc
A new engine was shipped over from the US.
2 . [intransitive and transitive] technical to make a piece of computer equipment or software available for people to buy:
They’re now shipping their long-awaited new anti-virus software.
Both products are due to ship at the beginning of June.
3 . [transitive] to order someone to go somewhere
ship somebody off/out etc
He was shipped off to a juvenile detention center.
⇨ ↑ shipping , ⇨ shape up or ship out at ↑ shape up (3)
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▪ take to move or go with someone or something from one place to another:
Don’t forget to take your keys.
Shall I take you home?
I took Alice a cup of tea.
▪ bring to take someone or something to the place where you are now:
We’ve brought someone to see you!
Will you bring your photos with you when you come?
▪ transport to take large quantities of goods from one place to another in a plane, train, ship etc:
The plane is used for transporting military equipment.
The coal was transported by rail.
▪ deliver to take goods, letters, newspapers etc to someone’s home or office:
Unfortunately, the package was delivered to the wrong address.
▪ fly to take someone or something somewhere by plane:
The bread is specially flown in from Paris.
▪ ship to take goods from one place to another – this can be by ship, truck, plane, or train:
Half the whisky is shipped to Japan and the US.
▪ carry to take people or goods somewhere – used especially when saying how many people or things, or what kind:
The new plane can carry up to 600 passengers.
The ship was carrying a full cargo of oil.
▪ lead to take someone to a place by going in front of them:
He led Julia through the house to his study.
Roland led the way back to the car in silence.
▪ guide to take someone to a place and show them the way:
Emily guided him through a side gate into a large garden.
▪ escort to take someone to a place and protect or guard them:
The prisoner was escorted into the room by two police officers.
The singer was escorted by her assistant and her bodyguard.
▪ usher to politely lead someone somewhere and show them where to go, especially because it is your job to do this:
We were ushered into the lift by a man in uniform.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012