Meaning of SHIP in English

SHIP

n.

Function: noun suffix

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -scipe; akin to Old High German -scaft -ship, Old English scieppan to shape ― more at SHAPE

1 : state : condition : quality <friend ship >

2 : office : dignity : profession <clerk ship >

3 : art : skill <horseman ship >

4 : something showing, exhibiting, or embodying a quality or state <town ship > <fellow ship >

5 : one entitled to a (specified) rank, title, or appellation <his Lord ship >

6 : the body of persons participating in a specified activity <reader ship > <listener ship >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.