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  Dictionary Definition of ship

noun, verb, shipped, shipping.

-- noun
1. any vessel intended or used for navigating the water, especially one of large size and not propelled by oars, paddles, or the like.
2. Nautical a vessel with a bowsprit and three or more masts (foremast, mainmast, and mizzenmast), each consisting of a lower mast, a topmast, and topgallant mast.
3. the crew of a vessel.
4. an airship or aeroplane.
-- verb (t)
5. to put or take on board a ship or the like, for transportation; to send or transport by ship, rail, etc.
6. Nautical to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
7. to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
8. to engage for service on a ship.
9. to fix (oars, etc.) in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
10. Colloquial to send away or get rid of.
-- verb (i)
11. to go on board a ship; embark.
12. to engage to serve on a ship.
-- phrase
13. take ship, to embark.
14. when one's ship comes in or when one's ship comes home, when one has become prosperous or acquired a fortune.
[ME; OE scip, c. D schip, G Schiff ]