Meaning of SHIP in English


I. ˈship noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship

Date: before 12th century


a. : a large seagoing vessel

b. : a sailing vessel having a bowsprit and usually three masts each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast

2. : boat ; especially : one propelled by power or sail

3. : a ship's crew

4. : fortune 3

when their ship comes in they'll be able to live in better style

5. : airship , airplane , spacecraft

II. verb

( shipped ; ship·ping )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb


a. : to place or receive on board a ship for transportation by water

b. : to cause to be transported

shipped him off to prep school

2. obsolete : to provide with a ship

3. : to put in place for use

ship the tiller

4. : to take into a ship or boat

ship the gangplank

5. : to engage for service on a ship

6. : to take (as water) over the side — used of a boat or a ship

intransitive verb

1. : to embark on a ship


a. : to go or travel by ship — often used with out

b. : to proceed by ship or other means under military orders — often used with out

3. : to engage to serve on shipboard

4. : to be sent for delivery

the order will ship soon

• ship·pa·ble ˈshi-pə-bəl adjective

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