Definitions for shipʃɪp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shipʃɪp(n.; v.)shipped, ship•ping.

  1. (n.)a vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  2. a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. the crew and passengers of a vessel.

  4. an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. (v.t.)to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.

  6. to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.

  7. to bring into a ship or boat:

    Ship the anchor.

  8. to engage (a person) for service on a ship.

  9. to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use:

    Ship the oars.

    Category: Navy

  10. to send away:

    We shipped the kids off to camp.

  11. (v.i.)to go on board or travel by ship; embark.

  12. to engage to serve on a ship.

  13. ship out, to leave, esp. for another country or assignment. to send away, esp. to another country or assignment. to quit, resign, or be fired from a job:

    Shape up or ship out!

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  14. ship over, to reenlist, esp. in the navy.

Idioms for ship:

  1. run a tight ship,to exercise strict control over a company, organization, or the like.

    Category: Idiom

  2. when or if one's ship comes in or home,when or if one finally becomes wealthy.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of ship:

bef. 900; (n.) ME; OE scip, c. OFris, OS, ON, Go skip, OHG scif



  1. a noun-forming suffix denoting state or condition, usu. added to personal nouns:

    friendship; kinship; statesmanship.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -ship:

ME, OE -scipe; akin to shape ; c. dial. Fris, dial. D schip

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ship(verb)

    a vessel that carries passengers or freight

  2. transport, send, ship(verb)

    transport commercially

  3. ship(verb)

    hire for work on a ship

  4. embark, ship(verb)

    go on board

  5. ship(verb)

    travel by ship

  6. ship(verb)

    place on board a ship

    "ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ship(noun)ʃɪp

    a very large boat made to travel on the ocean

    a ship carrying cargo from South America; passengers aboard a Swedish cruise ship

  2. ship(verb)ʃɪp

    to send goods somewhere

    Your order will be shipped within two days.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ship(noun)

    pay; reward

  2. Ship(noun)

    any large seagoing vessel

  3. Ship(noun)

    specifically, a vessel furnished with a bowsprit and three masts (a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast), each of which is composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a topgallant mast, and square-rigged on all masts. See Illustation in Appendix

  4. Ship(noun)

    a dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense

  5. Ship(verb)

    to put on board of a ship, or vessel of any kind, for transportation; to send by water

  6. Ship(verb)

    by extension, in commercial usage, to commit to any conveyance for transportation to a distance; as, to ship freight by railroad

  7. Ship(verb)

    hence, to send away; to get rid of

  8. Ship(verb)

    to engage or secure for service on board of a ship; as, to ship seamen

  9. Ship(verb)

    to receive on board ship; as, to ship a sea

  10. Ship(verb)

    to put in its place; as, to ship the tiller or rudder

  11. Ship(verb)

    to engage to serve on board of a vessel; as, to ship on a man-of-war

  12. Ship(verb)

    to embark on a ship


  1. Ship

    Since the end of the age of sail a ship has been any large buoyant watercraft. Ships are generally distinguished from boats based on size and cargo or passenger capacity. Ships are used on lakes, seas, and rivers for a variety of activities, such as the transport of people or goods, fishing, entertainment, public safety, and warfare. Historically, a "ship" was a vessel with sails rigged in a specific manner. Ships and boats have developed alongside humanity. In armed conflict and in daily life they have become an integral part of modern commercial and military systems. Fishing boats are used by millions of fishermen throughout the world. Military forces operate vessels for combat and to transport and support forces ashore. Commercial vessels, nearly 35,000 in number, carried 7.4 billion tons of cargo in 2007. Total number of ships as of 2011 is about 104,304. Ships were a key in history's great explorations and scientific and technological development. Navigators such as Zheng He spread such inventions as the compass and gunpowder. Ships have been used for such purposes as colonization and the slave trade, and have served scientific, cultural, and humanitarian needs. After the 16th century, new crops that had come from and to the Americas via the European seafarers significantly contributed to the world's population growth. Maritime transport has shaped the world's economy into today's energy-intensive pattern.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ship' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2451

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ship' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2226

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ship' in Nouns Frequency: #667

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ship' in Verbs Frequency: #829

Anagrams of ship

  1. Hips

  2. Phis

  3. Pish

Translations for ship

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a large boat

The ship sank and all the passengers and crew were drowned.

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