ship: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ship), [key]
— n., v., shipped, ship•ping.
  1. a vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
    1. a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
    2. Now Rare.a bark having more than three masts. Cf.shipentine.
  2. the crew and, sometimes, the passengers of a vessel: The captain gave the ship shore leave.
  3. an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.
  4. Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
    1. to escape from a ship, esp. one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
    2. to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.; defect or desert:Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
  5. to exercise a close, strict control over a ship's crew, a company, organization, or the like.
  6. when one's fortune is assured: She'll buy a car as soon as her ship comes in.
  1. to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation; to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
  2. to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
  3. to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
  4. to engage (someone) for service on a ship.
  5. to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
  6. to place (an oar) in proper position for rowing. Cf.(def. 13).
  7. to send away: They shipped the kids off to camp for the summer.
  1. to go on board or travel by ship; embark.
  2. to engage to serve on a ship.
  3. He said goodby to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
    1. to leave, esp. for another country or assignment:He said goodby to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
    2. to send away, esp. to another country or assignment.
    3. quit, resign, or be fired from a job:Shape up or ship out!


Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a native English suffix of nouns denoting condition, character, office, skill, etc.: clerkship; friendship; statesmanship.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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