What does ship mean?

Definitions for shipʃɪp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ship.

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"

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

  13. Origin: [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries. skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib, Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf. Equip, Skiff, Skipper.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ship

    ship, n. a vessel having three masts, with tops and yards to each: generally, any large sea-going vessel.—v.t. to put on board a ship: to engage for service on board a ship: to transport by ship: to fix in its place.—v.i. to engage for service on shipboard:—pr.p. ship′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. shipped.—ns. Ship′-bis′cuit, hard biscuit for use on shipboard; Ship′board, the deck or side of a ship; Ship′-boy, a boy that serves on board a ship; Ship′-break′er, one who breaks up vessels no longer fit for sea; Ship′-brok′er, a broker who effects sales, insurance, &c. of ships; Ship′builder, one whose occupation is to construct ships; Ship′building; Ship′-canal′, a canal large enough to admit the passage of sea-going vessels; Ship′-cap′tain, one who commands a ship; Ship′-car′penter, a carpenter who works at shipbuilding; Ship′-chand′ler, a dealer in cordage, canvas, and other ship furniture or stores; Ship′-chand′lery, the business wares of a ship-chandler; Ship′-fē′ver, typhus fever, as common on board crowded ships; Ship′ful, as much or as many as a ship will hold; Ship′-hold′er, a ship-owner; Ship′-lett′er, a letter sent by a vessel which does not carry mails; Ship′-load, the load or cargo of a ship; Ship′man, a sailor:—pl. Ship′men; Ship′master, the captain of a ship; Ship′mate, a companion in the same ship; Ship′ment, act of putting on board ship: embarkation: that which is shipped; Ship′-mon′ey, a tyrannical tax imposed by the king on seaports, revived without authorisation of parliament by Charles I. in 1634-37; Ship′-of-the-line, before steam navigation, a man-of-war large enough to take a place in a line of battle; Ship′-own′er, the owner of a ship or ships.—adj. Shipped (Shak.), furnished with a ship or ships.—ns. Ship′per; Ship′ping, ships collectively: tonnage: (Shak.) a voyage; Ship′ping-āg′ent, the agent of a vessel or line of vessels to whom goods are consigned for shipment.—n.pl. Ship′ping-art′icles, articles of agreement, between the captain and his crew.—ns. Ship′ping-bill, invoice of goods embarked; Ship′ping-mas′ter, the official who witnesses signature by the sailors of the articles of agreement; Ship′ping-off′ice, the office of a shipping-agent, or of a shipping-master; Ship′-pound, a unit of weight in the Baltic ports; Ship′-rail′way, a railway by means of which vessels can be carried overland from one body of water to another.—adjs. Ship&pr

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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 for ship »

  1. Hips

  2. Phis

  3. Pish


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ship in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Jobs:

    Real artists ship.

  2. Jen Lawless:

    I think that ship has sailed.

  3. Brendon Baillod:

    They lost the ship from sight.

  4. Jeff Almer:

    I just hope they ship you all to jail.

  5. Marshall Allen:

    The surgeon is the captain of the ship.

Images & Illustrations of ship

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