ship
Pronunciation
Noun

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.
  5. (cartomancy) The third card of the Lenormand deck.
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Verb

ship (ships, present participle shipping; past and past participle shipped)

  1. (transitive) To send by water-borne transport.
    • The timber was […] shipped in the bay of Attalia, from whence it was by sea transported to Pelusium.
  2. (transitive) To send (a parcel or container) to a recipient (by any means of transport).
    to ship freight by railroad
  3. (ambitransitive) To release a product to vendors; to launch.
    Our next issue ships early next year.
    The developers had to ship the game two weeks late.
  4. (ambitransitive) To engage to serve on board a vessel.
    to ship seamen
    I shipped on a man-of-war.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, chapter 19:
      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; […]
  5. (intransitive) To embark on a ship.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 563:
      I shipped with them and becoming friends, we set forth on our venture, in health and safety; and sailed with a fair wind, till we came to a city called Madínat-al-Sín; […]
  6. (transitive, nautical) To put in its place.
    to ship the tiller or rudder
  7. (transitive) To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
    • 1820, Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer, volume 1, page 159:
      She was half in the water, a mere hulk, her rigging torn to shreds, her main mast cut away, and every sea she shipped, Melmoth could hear distinctly the dying cries of those who were swept away, or perhaps of those whose mind and body, alike exhausted, relaxed their benumbed hold of hope and life together,—knew that the next shriek that was uttered must be their own and their last.
    We were shipping so much water I was sure we would capsize.
  8. (transitive) To pass (from one person to another).
    Can you ship me the ketchup?
  9. (poker slang, ambitransitive) To go all in.
  10. (sports) To trade or send a player to another team.
    Twins ship Delmon Young to Tigers.
  11. (rugby) To bungle a kick and give the opposing team possession.
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Noun

ship (plural ships)

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

Verb

ship (ships, present participle shipping; past and past participle shipped)

  1. (fandom) To support or approve of a fictional romantic relationship between two characters, either real or themselves fictional, typically in fan fiction.
    I ship Kirk and Spock in “Star Trek”.
    I ship Peggy and Angie in “Marvel's Agent Carter”.



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