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1. a vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
a. a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
b. Now Rare.a bark having more than three masts. Cf. shipentine.
3. the crew and, sometimes, the passengers of a vessel: The captain gave the ship shore leave.
4. an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.
5. jump ship,
a. to escape from a ship, esp. one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
b. to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.; defect or desert: Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
6. run a tight ship, to exercise a close, strict control over a ship''s crew, a company, organization, or the like.
7. when one''s ship comes in or home, when one''s fortune is assured: She''ll buy a car as soon as her ship comes in.
1. transport, send, ship, move, displace
usage: transport commercially
2. ship, hire, engage, employ
usage: hire for work on a ship
3. embark, ship, board, get on
usage: go on board
4. ship, travel, journey
usage: travel by ship
5. ship, put, set, place, pose, position, lay
usage: place on board a ship; "ship the cargo in the hold of the vessel"
A ship is a large vessel that floats on water. Ships are generally distinguished from boats based on size and cargo or passenger capacity. Ships may be found on lakes, seas, and rivers and they allow for a variety of activities, such as the transport of people or goods, fishing, entertainment, public safety, and warfare. Historically, a ship referred to a vessel with sails rigged in a specific manner.
Ships and boats have developed alongside mankind. In major wars, and in day to day life, they have become an integral part of modern commercial and military systems. Fishing boats are used by millions of fishermen throughout the world. Military forces operate highly sophisticated vessels to transport and support forces ashore. Commercial vessels, nearly 35,000 in number, carried 7.4 billion tons of cargo in 2007.
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