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Ship appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • I was born on a pirate ship.
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  • I was born on a pirate ship.
    (Say it while holding your tongue.)
  • Sure, sir, the ship's sure shipshape, sir.

Ship appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • The six men have power to seize the ship quickly. (39 letters)
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ship:


The word ship is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun ship

What does ship mean as a name of something?

Ship is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: ships

  1. a vessel that carries passengers or freight
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: vessel / watercraft = a craft designed for water transportation
    • more specific terms:
    • instances:
      • H.M.S. Bounty / Bounty = a ship of the British navy
      • Mayflower = the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from England to Massachusetts in 1620
    • parts:
      • bay = a compartment on a ship between decks
      • bilge pump = a pump to remove bilgewater
      • bilge well = a well where seepage drains to be pumped away
      • bulkhead = a partition that divides a ship or plane into compartments
      • bulwark = a fencelike structure around a deck
      • storage area / cargo area / cargo deck / cargo hold / hold = the space in a ship or aircraft for storing cargo
      • crow's nest = platform for a lookout at or near the top of a mast
      • davit = a crane-like device (usually one of a pair) for suspending or lowering equipment
      • deck = any of various platforms built into a vessel
      • fin = a stabilizer on a ship that resembles the fin of a fish
      • forecastle / fo'c'sle = living quarters consisting of a superstructure in the bow of a merchant ship where the crew is housed
      • funnel = smokestack consisting of a shaft for ventilation or the passage of smoke
      • ship's galley / cookhouse / caboose / galley = the area for food preparation on a ship
      • gyrostabiliser / gyrostabilizer = a stabilizer consisting of a heavy gyroscope that spins on a vertical axis
      • helm = steering mechanism for a vessel
      • log = measuring instrument that consists of a float that trails from a ship by a knotted line in order to measure the ship's speed through the water
      • lubber's hole = hole in a platform on a mast through which a sailor can climb without going out on the shrouds
      • porthole = a window in a ship or airplane
      • ratline / ratlin = a small horizontal rope between the shrouds of a sailing ship
      • ridge rope = either of a pair of lifelines running alongside the bowsprit of a ship
      • riding bitt = one of the large bitts used to secure the cable of a dropped anchor
      • screw propeller / screw = a propeller with several angled blades that rotates to push against water or air
      • sea anchor / drogue = restraint consisting of a canvas covered frame that floats behind a vessel
      • weather sheet / mainsheet / shroud / sheet / tack = a line (rope or chain) that regulates the angle at which a sail is set in relation to the wind
      • skeletal frame / underframe / skeleton / frame = the internal supporting structure that gives an artifact its shape
      • spar = a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
      • after part / quarter / stern / poop / tail = the rear part of a ship
      • superstructure = structure consisting of the part of a ship above the main deck
      • top = platform surrounding the head of a lower mast
      • topside = weather deck
      • windlass / winch = lifting device consisting of a horizontal cylinder turned by a crank on which a cable or rope winds
    • member of: fleet = a group of steamships operating together under the same ownership

Alternative definition of the noun ship


  1. A water-borne vessel 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. [fandom] A fictional romantic relationship between two persons, either real or themselves fictional.

Definition of the verb ship

What does ship mean as a doing word?

Ship is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: shipped, shipping

  1. transport commercially
    • examples: They ship the parcel to their parents | They ship them the parcel
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Destination] [Theme]Amanda shoved John the box | Nora sent me the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Nora sent the book
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination]Amanda shuttled the children to school | Nora sent the book to London
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Destination] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]TransCanada is shifting its HQ to Calgary from Toronto
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Amanda shoved the box from the corner | Amanda shuttled her children from Philadelphia | Nora sent the book from Paris
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source] to [Destination]Amanda trucked the package from Philadelphia to her mother's house | Nora sent the book from Paris to London

      Verbs of Sending (with the same syntax): airmail, express, forward, hand, mail, pass, send, slip, smuggle, sneak, transmit, wire.

    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonyms of ship: send / transport
    • more generic words: displace / move = cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
    • more specific terms:
  2. hire for work on a ship
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: employ / engage / hire = engage or hire for work
  3. go on board
  4. travel by ship
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic words: journey / travel = travel upon or across
  5. place on board a ship
    • example: ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
    • more specific word: reship = place on a ship again or transfer to another ship

Alternative definition of the verb ship


  1. [transitive] To send a parcel or container to a recipient (by any means of transport).
  2. [transitive] To send by water-borne transport.
  3. [transitive] To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
  4. [transitive] To pass (from one person to another)
  5. [sports] To trade or send a player to another team.
  6. rfdef, lang=en
  7. [poker slang, ambitransitive] To go all in.
  8. [fandom] To be a fan or promote a certain ship.


  1. Ship: The fictional A.I. entity originally known as Ship has appeared in several incarnations in the Marvel Universe. At times controlled by both the X-Men and their enemies, the sentient A.I. has at times been installed in the core of a Celestial starship, two space stations, and a techno-organic being.
  2. Ship a.k.a. Shep is a fictional character from the film Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea.
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There are other characters with in their name, like Combat Ship and Ship's Officer.


"Ship" is a book by David Macaulay.

  • subjects: History, Antiquities


"Ship" a.k.a. "De Boot" is 1985 short film directed by Jaco Van Dormael.


  1. "Ship" is an artwork (synthetic polymer paint) by Carroll Dunham, begun in and completed in (16 years ago).
    • media: synthetic polymer paint
  2. "Ship" is an artwork by Gino Hollander.
  3. "Ship" is an artwork by Arthur Berry.


  1. "Ship" a.k.a. "Sailing" is a composition.
  2. "Ship" is a composition.
  3. "Ship" is a musical album of Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  4. "Ship" is a composition.


Who is Ship?

Ship a.k.a. Jim Shipley is an actor.


Ship a.k.a. Ship & Anchor Pub is a Venue, Building in Calgary.


  1. Ship is a drinking establishment.
  2. Ship is a drinking establishment.
  3. Ship is a drinking establishment.

There are other foods with Ship in their name, like Ship of Fools.


  1. Ship a.k.a. Boat: A boat is a watercraft of any size designed to float or plane, to work or travel on water. Small boats are typically found on inland or in protected coastal areas. However, boats such as the whaleboat were designed for operation from a ship in an offshore environment. In naval terms, a boat is a vessel small enough to be carried aboard another vessel. Another less restrictive definition is a vessel that can be lifted out of the water. Some definitions do not make a distinction in size, as 1000-foot bulk freighters on the Great Lakes are called oreboats. For reasons of naval tradition, submarines are usually referred to as 'boats' rather than 'ships', regardless of their size and shape.
  2. Ship a.k.a. Miship Language: Miship is an Afro-Asiatic language spoken in Plateau State, Nigeria. Doka is a dialect.
  3. Ship is a protein.
    • also known as SH2-containing inositol 5-phosphatase 1; Inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase, 145kD; SIP; Inpp5d; SH2 domain-containing inositol phosphatase; Inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase, 145 kDa; Signaling inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase
  4. Ship: The boat that this person was a passenger on.
  5. Ship: A fully rigged ship, in tall ship terms, has three masts, all square-rigged.
  6. Ship a.k.a. inositol polyphosphate-5-phosphatase, 145kDa is a gene.
    • also known as SH2 containing inositol phosphatase, isoform b; signaling inositol polyphosphate 5 phosphatase SIP-145; p150Ship; SH2 containing inositol phosphatase

Phrases with Ship

Phrases starting with the word Ship:

  1. ship out
  2. ship rat
  3. ship canal
  4. ship money
  5. ship route

Phrases ending with the word Ship:

  1. -SHIP
  2. Air Ship
  3. air-ship
  4. Drop Ship
  5. fire ship
  6. jump ship
  7. Pump Ship
  8. Tall ship
  9. tank ship
  10. wear ship
  11. cable ship
  12. cargo ship
  13. dress ship
  14. Ghost Ship
  15. guard ship

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ship

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Google previewNuces philosophicæ; or, The philosophy of things as developed from the study of the philosophy of words (1842)

by Edward Johnson (sir.)

Ship is a noun substantive, and man is a noun substantive.

Here ship is a verb, and men is a substantive.

Google previewSystem Book 1: Katringa

by Richard Hazlewood, Constantine Thomas

The ship is an unfamiliar/non-standard design. The ship is in a decaying solar...

Google previewThe Pearl of Orr's Island (2010)

by Harriet Beecher Stowe

A ship is a beauty and a mystery wherever we see it : its white wings touch the regions of the unknown and the imaginative ; they...

Google previewAspects of Maritime Law (2008)

Claims Under Bills of Lading by M. L. Hendrikse, N. H. Margetson

The question arises why the obligation to use due diligence to seaworthy make the ship is an overriding obligation and the duty to care for the cargo properly and carefully is not. As was seen above in the early days the carrier was strictly liable ...

Google previewNecroscope: Avengers (2007)

by Brian Lumley

The packed cruise ship is a terrific nesting ground for a Lord and Lady of the Wamphyri on the run from E-Branch and the new Necroscope, Jake Cutter.

Google previewEncyclopedia of British Submarines 1901-1955 (2002)

by Paul Akermann

CONVERTED ex-MERCANTILE SUBMARINE DEPOT SHIPS PANDORA Was Russian mercantile SETI , purchased 1914 and converted into a depot ship for submarines. Pendant No.: N.71 (1914). Armament: nil. War service: Depot ship for ...

Google previewFuldstændigt dansk og engelsk haand-lexicon (1807)

by Christian Friderick Bay

Skib, a Ship, Vessel, Sail, Bettom. (hos Bogtrykkere) ", Galley.

Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

by U.S. Department of Defense

amphibious assault ship (general purpose) — A naval ship designed to embark, deploy, and land elements of a landing force in an assault by helicopters, landing craft, amphibious vehicles, and by combinations of these methods. Designated ...

Google previewThe Nautical Nomenclator; Or, Dictionary of the British Navy. In which is Explained the Meaning of the Name of Every Ship ... Belonging to the Navy of Great Britain (1802)

by William LOSACK

A ship of 54 guns. * * * * * ABOUKIR.... The ancient Canopus, fo named from an Egyptian deity, a town, now in ruins, at the mouth of the River Nile ; near which was fought, on the 1st and 2d jof, August 1798, the memorable naval battle of Rear ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Symbols (2013)

by J. E. Cirlot

The solar ship frequently appears on Egyptian monuments. In Assyrian art, too, ships shaped like cups are clearly solar in character; this cup-shape narrows down still further the scope of the meaning (35). Another meaning, sometimes quite ...

Google previewZondervan Dictionary of Biblical Imagery (2011)

by John A. Beck

(Ship). Throughout its ancient history, Israel had never been known for its maritime prowess; it always paled in comparison to Phoenicia, its neighbor to the north whose domain was the high seas (Ezek. 27:4). Nevertheless, boats and ships ...

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Quotes about Ship

We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship. (John Lennon)
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Scrabble value of S1H4I1P3

The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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