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This page has 21 definitions of ship in English, Middle English, and Vietnamese. Ship is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use ship in a sentence are shown. Also define these 41 related words and terms: nautical, water, borne, vessel, boat, airship, spaceship, computing, mathematics, pattern, cellular automaton, square-rigged, masts, incense, cartomancy, Lenormand, water-borne, transport, recipient, transitive, intransitive, release, vendor, launch, engage, serve, embark, pass, poker, slang, all in, sports, trade, rugby, fandom, fictional, relationship, fan fiction, schip, delivery, and giao.

See also: -ship

English ship definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle English ship, schip, from Old English sċip, from Proto-West Germanic *skip, from Proto-Germanic *skipą, from Proto-Indo-European *skēyb-, *skib-. More at shift.

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Noun

ship (plural ships)

A ship (senses 1 and 4).
  1. (nautical) A water-borne vessel generally larger than a boat.
    • Water definition
      A substance (of molecular formula H2O) found at room temperature and pressure as a clear liquid; it is present naturally as rain, and found in rivers, lakes and seas; its solid form is ice and its gaseous form is steam. (1 of 18 water definitions)
  2. (chiefly in combination) A vessel which travels through any medium other than across land, such as an airship or spaceship.
  3. (computing, mathematics, chiefly in combination) A spaceship (the type of pattern in a cellular automaton).
    • Cellular Automaton definition
      An automaton consisting of cells arranged in a regular grid, in one or more dimensions. Each application of an associated rule creates a new generation, where the cells have a new configuration of values.
  4. (archaic, nautical, formal) A sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts.
  5. A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Tyndale to this entry?)
  6. (cartomancy) The third card of the Lenormand deck.
Usage notes
  • The singular form ship is sometimes used without any article, producing such sentences as "In all, we spent three weeks aboard ship." and "Abandon ship!". (Similar patterns may be seen with many place nouns, such as camp, home, work, and school, but the details vary between them.)
  • Ships were traditionally regarded as feminine and the pronouns her and she are still sometimes used instead of it.
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  • Thesaurus:watercraft
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    Etymology 2

    From Middle English schippen, schipen, from Old English sċipian, from Proto-Germanic *skipōną, from Proto-Germanic *skipą (ship).

    Verb

    ship (third-person singular simple present ships, present participle shipping, simple past and past participle shipped)

    1. (transitive) To send by water-borne transport.
      • 1603, Richard Knolles, The Generall Historie of the Turkes, [], London: [] Adam Islip, OCLC 837543169:
        The timber was [] shipped in the bay of Attalia, [] from whence it was by sea transported to Palusium.
      • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8891:
        One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.
      • Water-Borne definition
        Alternative spelling of waterborne
    2. (transitive) To send (a parcel or container) to a recipient (by any means of transport).
      to ship freight by railroad
    3. (transitive, intransitive) To release a product to vendors; to launch.
      Our next issue ships early next year.
      The developers had to ship the game two weeks late.
      • Release definition
        The event of setting (someone or something) free (e.g. hostages, slaves, prisoners, caged animals, hooked or stuck mechanisms). (1 of 15 release definitions)
    4. (transitive, intransitive) To engage to serve on board a vessel.
      to ship seamen
      I shipped on a man-of-war.
      • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, chapter 19:
        With finger pointed and eye levelled at the Pequod, the beggar-like stranger stood a moment, as if in a troubled reverie; then starting a little, turned and said:—“Ye’ve shipped, have ye? Names down on the papers? Well, well, what’s signed, is signed; and what’s to be, will be; []
    5. (intransitive) To embark on a ship.
      • Embark definition
        To get on a boat or ship or (outside the USA) an aeroplane. (1 of 4 embark definitions)
    6. (transitive, nautical) To put or secure in its place.
      to ship the tiller or rudder
    7. (transitive) To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
      • 1820, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 1, page 159:
        She was half in the water, a mere hulk, her rigging torn to shreds, her main mast cut away, and every sea she shipped, Melmoth could hear distinctly the dying cries of those who were swept away, or perhaps of those whose mind and body, alike exhausted, relaxed their benumbed hold of hope and life together,—knew that the next shriek that was uttered must be their own and their last.
      • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
        But as things were it was manageable enough, and we did not ship a cupful of water.
      We were shipping so much water I was sure we would capsize.
    8. (transitive) To pass (from one person to another).
      Can you ship me the ketchup?
      • 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport:
        And when scrum-half Ben Youngs, who had a poor game, was burgled by opposite number Irakli Abuseridze and the ball shipped down the line to Irakli Machkhaneli, it looked like Georgia had scored a try of their own, but the winger's foot was in touch.
    9. (poker slang, transitive, intransitive) To go all in.
    10. (sports) To trade or send a player to another team.
      Twins ship Delmon Young to Tigers.
    11. (rugby) To bungle a kick and give the opposing team possession.
      • 2011 October 1, Tom Fordyce, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland”, in BBC Sport:
        England were shipping penalties at an alarming rate - five in the first 15 minutes alone - and with Wilkinson missing three long-distance pots of his own in the first 20 minutes, the alarm bells began to ring for Martin Johnson's men.
      • 2015 February 11, “Six Nations: Scotland raw but capable of improving”, in The Scotsman:
        They shipped penalties, lost field position, and in the second-half, having retreated to the changing room buoyed by Dougie Fife’s well-worked try, found themselves ceding two-thirds of the territory and with it, the lion’s share of the ball.
      • Rugby definition
        A form of football in which players can hold or kick an ovoid ball. The ball cannot be handled forwards and points are scored by touching the ball to the ground in the area past their opponent’s territory or kicking the ball between goalposts and over a crossbar. (1 of 2 rugby definitions)
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    Etymology 3

    Clipping of relationship.

    Noun

    ship (plural ships)

    1. (fandom slang) A fictional romantic relationship between two characters, either real or themselves fictional.
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    Verb

    ship (third-person singular simple present ships, present participle shipping, simple past and past participle shipped)

    1. (fandom slang) To support or approve of a fictional romantic relationship between two characters, either real or themselves fictional, typically in fan fiction.
      • 2017, Helen Razer, Total Propaganda: Basic Marxist Brainwashing for the Angry and the Young, Allen & Unwin (→ISBN)
        I should warn you that I could not identify a ‘dank meme’ if the fate of the working class depended on it and that I shall not be ‘shipping’ Lenin and Trotsky.
      I ship Kirk and Spock in “Star Trek”.
      I ship Peggy and Angie in “Marvel's Agent Carter”.
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    Middle English ship definition

    Noun

    ship (plural shipes or ships)

    1. Alternative form of schip

    Vietnamese ship definition

    Etymology

    Clipping of English shipping.

    Pronunciation

    Verb

    ship

    1. to ship (goods to customers), to make a delivery
      Synonym: giao
      • 2018, MediaZ, Instagram: Giải pháp xây dựng thương hiệu và bán hàng, NXB Thế giới, page 116:
        Một số trang thường sử dụng từ "Miễn phí" trong hồ sơ của họ, có thể là miễn phí ship hàng, tư vấn miễn phí…
        Some pages tend to use the word "Free" in their files, which can mean free delivery of goods, free advice, etc.
      • 2020, Nguyễn Chu Nam Phương, Numagician: Đánh thức phù thủy trí nhớ trong bạn, NXB Đà Nẵng:
        Hình dung tôi ra bưu điện, thì thấy họ mới nâng cấp dịch vụ, cho vịt Donald đi ship hàng.
        Imagine I go to the post office and see they just upgraded their services and allow Donald Duck to send goods.
      • 2021, Lam Huynh, Nhân sinh cảm ngộ, tập 3:
        Ban đầu, cô đã giúp bạn của mình mua hàng miễn phí và cô cũng trả hộ tiền ship nhiều lần.
        At first, she helped her friend buy goods for free and many times she also paid the delivery fee for him.
      • Giao definition
        to hand over