Definition of ship noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ʃɪp//
; NAmE NAmE//ʃɪp//
Types of boats and ships
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  •   a large boat that carries people or goods by sea There are two restaurants on board ship. a sailing/cargo/cruise ship a ship’s captain/crew/company/cook Raw materials and labour come by ship, rail or road. They boarded a ship bound for India. When the ship docked at Southampton he was rushed to hospital. CollocationsTravel and tourismHolidays/​vacations have/​take (British English) a holiday/(North American English) a vacation/​a break/​a day off/(British English) a gap year go on/​be on holiday/​vacation/​leave/​honeymoon/​safari/​a trip/​a tour/​a cruise/​a pilgrimage go backpacking/​camping/​hitchhiking/​sightseeing plan a trip/​a holiday/​a vacation/​your itinerary book accommodation/​a hotel room/​a flight/​tickets have/​make/​cancel a reservation/(especially British English) booking rent a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a holiday cottage (especially British English) hire/ (especially North American English) rent a car/​bicycle/​moped stay in a hotel/​a bed and breakfast/​a youth hostel/​a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a caravan cost/​charge $100 a/​per night for a single/​double/​twin/​standard/(British English) en suite room check into/​out of a hotel/​a motel/​your room pack/​unpack your suitcase/​bags call/​order room service cancel/​cut short a trip/​holiday/​vacationForeign travel apply for/​get/​renew a/​your passport take out/​buy/​get travel insurance catch/​miss your plane/​train/​ferry/​connecting flight fly (in)/travel in business/​economy class make/​have a brief/​two-day/​twelve-hour stopover/(North American English also) layover in Hong Kong experience/​cause/​lead to delays check (in)/collect/​get/​lose (your) (especially British English) luggage/(especially North American English) baggage be charged for/​pay excess baggage board/​get on/​leave/​get off the aircraft/​plane/​ship/​ferry taxi down/​leave/​approach/​hit/​overshoot the runway experience/​hit/​encounter severe turbulence suffer from/​recover from/​get over your jet lag/​travel sicknessThe tourist industry attract/​draw/​bring tourists/​visitors encourage/​promote/​hurt tourism promote/​develop ecotourism build/​develop/​visit a tourist/​holiday/(especially British English) seaside/​beach/​ski resort work for/​be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/​compete with low-cost/(especially North American English) low-fare/​budget airlines book something through/​make a booking through/​use a travel agent contact/​check with your travel agent/​tour operator book/​be on/​go on a package deal/​holiday/​tour buy/​bring back (tacky/​overpriced) souvenirs see also airship, flagship, lightship See related entries: Types of boats and ships
  • Word OriginOld English scip (noun), late Old English scipian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch schip and German Schiff.Extra examples Some of the crew jumped ship= left it illegally and disappeared. The captain gave the order to abandon ship. The captain went down with his ship. The crew was rescued by a passing ship. The dockers were loading the cargo onto the ship. The ship anchored in the bay. The ship had already been unloaded. The ship is now permanently moored in Buenos Aires. Their ship lay at anchor at the mouth of the harbour. Their ship lay at anchor in the bay. There was no time to send the goods by ship. They are now on a ship bound for New York. a factory ship that is equipped for freezing and canning a ship carrying more than a thousand people missiles from surface ships Raw materials and labour come by ship, rail or road. There are two restaurants on board ship. a cargo ship a container ship a sailing shipIdioms
    (like rats) deserting/leaving a sinking ship
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    (humorous, disapproving) used to talk about people who leave an organization, a company, etc. that is having difficulties, without caring about the people who are left
    1. 1to leave the ship on which you are serving, without permission See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
    2. 2to leave an organization that you belong to, suddenly and unexpectedly
    to organize something in a very efficient way, controlling other people very closely
    spoil the ship for a ha’p’orth/ha’pennyworth of tar
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    (saying) to spoil something good because you did not spend enough money or time on a small but essential part of it
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: ship