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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIP

I summoned him to an interview, and informed him in decided terms that I must be master in my own ship.

He didn't go on board till the morning on which the ship was to sail.

Then they launched the ship's boat, in which Bates had come to the island, and put out to sea.

No; I stole one of the ship's boats, and came for you without leave.

They saw an American ship riding at anchor a mile or more from shore.

He left me at that time, and to my surprise did not return to the ship.

Let us go down to the shore, and see if we can see anything of the ship.

There was no one in sight, but it was evident that a party from an American ship had visited the island.

"It is a pity some of his friends were not here," said the captain of the ship that had rescued him.

If you don't know my position on board this ship, it's time you found it out!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English scip "ship, boat," from Proto-Germanic *skipam (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Gothic skip, Danish skib, Swedish skepp, Middle Dutch scip, Dutch schip, Old High German skif, German Schiff), "Germanic noun of obscure origin" [Watkins]. Others suggest perhaps originally "tree cut out or hollowed out," and derive it from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split."

Now a vessel of considerable size, adapted to navigation; the Old English word was used for small craft as well, and definitions changed over time; in 19c., distinct from a boat in having a bowsprit and three masts, each with a lower, top, and topgallant mast. French esquif, Italian schifo are Germanic loan-words.

Phrase ships that pass in the night is from Longfellow's poem "Elizabeth" in "Tales of a Wayside Inn" (1863). Figurative use of nautical runs a tight ship (i.e., one that does not leak) is attested from 1965.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR SHIP

airplane

nounvehicle that transports cargo or passengers through the air
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