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