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(1)   A vessel that carries passengers or freight


(2)   Place on board a ship
"Ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel"
(3)   Travel by ship
(4)   Transport commercially
(5)   Go on board
(6)   Hire for work on a ship


From skif from scip. Cognate with West Frisian , Dutch , German , Danish , Swedish , Norwegian , and Icelandic . Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *skipam.


  1. water-borne vessel larger than a boat.
  2. A vessel which travels through any medium other than across land, such as an airship or spaceship.
  3. A sailing vessel with three square-rigged masts.

Usage notes

  • The singular form is often used without any article, 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 , , , and , but the details vary from noun to noun.)
  • Ships are traditionally regarded as feminine and the pronouns and are normally used instead of .


  1. To send a parcel or container to a recipient (by any means of transport).
  2. To send by water-borne transport.
  3. To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
    We were shipping so much water I was sure we would capsize.