• Ship


    • UK enPR: shÄ­p, IPA: /ʃɪp/
    • Rhymes: -ɪp

    Origin 1

    From Middle English ship, schip, from Old English scip, from Proto-Germanic *skipą, from Proto-Indo-European *skēi-b-, *ski-b-.


    Cognate with West Frisian skip, Dutch schip, German Schiff, Yiddish שיף, Danish skib, Swedish skepp. Related also to Lithuanian skiẽbti ("to rip up"), Latvian škibît ("to cut, lop").

    Alternative forms

    Full definition of ship



    (plural ships)
    1. A water-borne vessel generally larger than a boat.
    2. (chiefly in combination) A vessel which travels through any medium other than across land, such as an airship or spaceship.
    3. (archaic, nautical, formal) A sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts.
    4. A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense.

    Usage notes

    The singular form ship is sometimes used without any , 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 are traditionally regarded as feminine and the pronouns her and she are normally used instead of it.


    Related terms


    1. (transitive) To send by water-borne transport.
      • Richard Knolles (1545-1610)The timber was...shipped in the bay of Attalia, from whence it was by sea transported to Pelusium.
      • 2014-06-14, It's a gas, 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.
    2. (transitive) To send (a parcel or container) to a recipient (by any means of transport).
      to ship freight by railroad
    3. (ambitransitive) To engage to serve on board a vessel.
      to ship seamen;  I shipped on a man-of-war.
      • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick,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;...
    4. (intransitive) To embark on a ship.
    5. (transitive, nautical) To put in its place.
      to ship the tiller or rudder
    6. (transitive) To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
      We were shipping so much water I was sure we would capsize.
    7. (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, 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.
    8. (poker slang, ambitransitive) To go all in.
    9. (sports) To trade or send a player to another team.
      Twins ship Delmon Young to Tigers.
      • 2011, October 1, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland, 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.

    Derived terms

    Origin 2

    From relationship.



    (plural ships)
    1. (fandom) A fictional romantic relationship between two persons, either real or themselves fictional.


    1. (fandom) To write fiction that includes fictional romantic relationships between two persons, either real or themselves fictional.I ship Kirk and Spock in my Star Trek fan fiction.
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