Meaning of SHIP in English


I. ˈship noun

( -s )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English schip, ship, from Old English scip; akin to Old High German skif ship, boat, vessel for liquids, Old Norse & Gothic skip ship, boat, Old English scēadan to divide, separate — more at shed


a. : any large seagoing boat

b. : a sailing boat having a bowsprit and usually a square-rigged foremast, mainmast, and mizzenmast each composed of a lower mast, a topmast, a topgallant mast, and sometimes higher masts


a. : a boat intended or used for navigation and propelled by power or sail

b. : a boat or structure used for purposes of navigation or intended or used for transportation on a river, sea, ocean, or other navigable water without regard to its form or means of propulsion

3. : a ship's company or crew

the whole ship cheering the captain

4. : a incense vessel or boat

5. : one's affairs or good fortune

when his ship comes in he will pay his debts

6. : airship , airplane

7. : a part used to move something from one place to another

the ships of scissors


a. : a unit of at least five sea explorers of the Boy Scouts of America under the leadership of a skipper

b. : a senior girl scout mariner troop

II. verb

( shipped ; shipped ; shipping ; ships )

Etymology: Middle English schippen, shippen, from schip, ship, n.

transitive verb


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

kept busy … shipping mackerel and cod — Cid R. Sumner


(1) : to cause to be transported

ships hundreds of carloads annually — American Guide Series: Maryland

was shipped off to do five months in jail — H.D.Quillin

(2) : to transport or cause to be transported under military orders

was shipped overseas as an infantry replacement — Gordon Harrison

— often used with out

recruits are shipped out as soon as they can be processed

2. obsolete : to provide with a ship

3. : to put in place for use

ship the tiller

ship the mast

lights should be shipped and in working order — Manual of Seamanship

4. : to take into a ship or boat

shipped his dripping paddle into the rented canoe — Erle Stanley Gardner

when the oars are shipped they should be laid in the boat — H.A.Calahan

5. : to engage or secure for service on a ship

shipping 10 extra hands for the voyage

6. : to take (as water) over the side

had shipped a good amount of water — Alexander MacDonald

ships up to 500 tons of ice topside — Time

7. : to put or take on (as clothing or a burden)

shipped the pack onto his back

8. : to move (something) from one place or position to another : shift

shipped the gun to his shoulder and … fired both barrels — Gerald Durrell

intransitive verb

1. : to embark on a ship : board

travelers to the Pacific ship at a western port


a. : to go or travel by ship

shipped to America in 1819 — W.A.Swanberg

— often used with out

might even ship out on a tramp … and go to Mexico — James Jones

b. : to proceed by ship or other means under military orders

had a letter … with a San Francisco A.P.O. number, and knew that Dennis had shipped overseas — C.O.Gorham

— often used with out

is now on a nine day leave before shipping out for overseas duty — Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin


a. : to engage to serve on board of a vessel

ran away from home and shipped before the mast — H.O.Brundidge

b. : to reenlist for navy or marine service — usually used with over

I mean when I finish this last hitch, not to ship over — Martin Dibner

4. : to rest or have its position when ready for use — used with in

the lower end of a sprit ships in a grommet

Synonyms: see send

- ship a sea


chiefly dialect

variant of sheep

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: by shortening

Britain : companionship

V. abbreviation

1. shipment

2. shipping

VI. noun

: spacecraft

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.