Update
The Oxford Biblical Studies Online and Oxford Islamic Studies Online have retired. Content you previously purchased on Oxford Biblical Studies Online or Oxford Islamic Studies Online has now moved to Oxford Reference, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford Scholarship Online, or What Everyone Needs to Know®. For information on how to continue to view articles visit the subscriber services page.
Dismiss

You are looking at 1-20 of 27,149 entries  for:

clear all

Did you mean ships ships

View:

Overview

ship

Subject: History

From the Old English scip, the generic name for seagoing vessels, as opposed to boats, though submarines are known as boats as are the different types of fishing vessels. Ships were ...

ship

ship   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
206 words

... lorcha ; mercy ships ; monitor ; nao ; ocean liners ; packet ; paddle steamer ; pink ; polacre ; q-ship ; replica ship ; research ships ; ro-ro ship ; round ship ; sail training ; sepulchral ships ; ship rigged ; sloop ; snow ; surface effect ship ; swath ship ; tanker ; tartan ; trabacolo ; tramp ship ; treasure ship ; trireme ; tug ; victory ships ; weather ship ; wing-in-surface effect ship ; xebec...

Ship

Ship   Reference library

Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Names studies
Length:
10 words

... 1881: 460; E Anglia: especially Suffolk. English: see Shipp...

ship

ship n.   Reference library

The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

... n. 1 a vessel larger than a boat for transporting people or goods by sea. 2 a sailing vessel with a bowsprit and three or more square-rigged masts. 3 informal any boat, especially a racing boat. 4 a spaceship. 5 an aircraft. v. shipped , shipping 1 (often be shipped ) transport (goods or people) on a ship: the wounded soldiers were shipped home. 2 dated embark on a ship: people wishing to get from London to New York ship at Liverpool. 3 (of a sailor) serve on a ship: Jack, you shipped with the Admiral once, didn't you? 4 (of a boat) ...

ship

ship   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
Language reference
Length:
165 words

... ship break ship fail to rejoin your ship after absence on leave. jump ship : see jump . pump ship : see pump . rats deserting a sinking ship : ...

ship

ship   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Law
Length:
120 words

... For the purposes of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (which consolidated the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1994 and other enactments relating to merchant shipping), the word ‘ship’ includes every description of vessel used in navigation (s 313). A central register of British ships is kept. For the purposes of ownership, a British ship is notionally divided into 64 shares. Each share may be in different ownership, but no share may be in the ownership of an alien or a foreign company. Co-owners will commonly appoint a ship's husband or managing owner to...

Ship

Ship   Reference library

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013

...Break ship, To See under break . Capital ship See under capital . Drive a ship, To See under drive . Fire ship See under fire . Jump ship, To See under jump . Liberty ships See under liberty . Private ship See under private . Q ships See under q . Scuttle a ship, To See under scuttle . Shape up or ship out, To See under shape . Spoil the ship for a ha’porth o’ tar, To See under spoil . Swing a ship, To See under swing . Tight ship, A See under tight . When one’s ship comes in or home See under when . White Ship, The See...

ship

ship   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2021
Subject:
Language reference, History of English
Length:
36 words

...ship [OE] An Old English word related to Dutch schip and German Schiff . The expression when someone’s ship comes in , ‘when someone’s fortune is made’, is recorded from the mid 19th century. See also bristol , half...

ship

ship   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Law (10 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2022
Subject:
Law
Length:
142 words

... n. For the purposes of section 1 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 (which consolidated the Merchant Shipping Acts 1894 to 1994 and other enactments relating to merchant shipping), the word “ship” includes every description of vessel used in navigation (s 313). A central register of British ships is kept. For the purposes of ownership, a British ship is notionally divided into 64 shares. Each share may be in different ownership, but no share may be in the ownership of an alien or a foreign company. Co-owners will commonly appoint a ship’s husband or...

SHIP

SHIP   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Biomedicine (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2019

...SHIP A phosphatase (SH2-containing inositol phosphatase, 1188 aa) that acts on 5-inositol phosphates and is important in modulating the inositol signalling pathway....

ship

ship n   Reference library

The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007

...from one side of the earth to the other in a hurry, a space ship will have no rival. A trip from America to Australia will take about half an hour, once the ship gets going. 1950 L. Brackett Dancing Girl of Ganymede Halfling & Other Stories (1973) 42 Lost, strayed or abandoned from the ships that land there out of space, they have thriven in the gutters and the steaming alleys. 1979 M. Z. Bradley Bloody Sun 15 For all you knew, you might have been born on one of the Big Ships; the ships of Terra; the starships that made the long runs between stars...

Ship

Ship   Reference library

Eric McGeer

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
Length:
378 words

...ship's bow, the galley in the stern. The most common types of Byz. ships were the dromon , chelandion , and galea . As depicted in illustrations (such as the 9th-C. Paris Gregory ), merchant ships were roundhulled and had one, two, or three masts supporting triangular (lateen) sails on a slanting yardarm; the rigging was simple since this type of sail could be handled from the deck of the ship. Two oars on either side of the stern were for steering. Details on Byz. ships are scant after the 11th C. There are illustrations from the 14th C. showing ships...

ship

ship   Quick reference

A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
76 words

... A water-borne craft or vessel. Although often used as an alternative term to boat, the word ‘ship’ should be reserved for larger ocean-going craft. See also barge ; bark ; barque ; barquentine ; boat ; boatel ; cabin cruiser ; canoe ; car ferry ; catamaran ; coracle ; cutter ; dinghy ; dory ; dugout ; gondola ; hovercraft ; junk ; kayak ; ketch ; launch ; lifeboat ; life raft ; liner ; lugger ; narrowboat ; pirogue ; prau ; rowing boat ; sampan ; schooner ; skipjack ; sloop ; speedboat ; steamship ; tender ; tramp...

ship

ship   Quick reference

World Encyclopedia

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
308 words

... Vessel for conveying passengers and freight by sea. The earliest sea‐going ships were probably Egyptian, making voyages to the e coast of Africa in c .1500 bc . In China, extensive sea voyages were being made by ships that carried more than one mast and featured a rudder by c . ad 200 , some 1200 years before such ships appeared in Europe. In the Mediterranean region, the galleys of the Greek, Phoenician and Roman navies combined rows of oars with a single square sail, as did the Viking longboats, which were capable of withstanding violent seas. By...

ship broker

ship broker   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
38 words

... broker , an agent who acts for the owners or charterers of a ship in securing cargoes, clearances, and any other business, including insurance, connected with merchant shipping. He also negotiates the sale and purchase of merchant ships...

ship rigged

ship rigged   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
14 words

... rigged , a sailing vessel which is square rigged on three, or more,...

cable ship

cable ship   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
63 words

...ship , a vessel fitted for the laying and repairing of submarine telegraph and telephone cables. One of the earliest and best-known cable ships was the Great Eastern , so used after she had failed as an ocean liner . A distinctive feature of modern cable ships is the large roller built out over the bows of the ship for paying out or underrunning...

Q-ship

Q-ship   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
25 words

...ship , a small merchant ship fitted with a concealed armament used by the British Navy during both world wars as a lure for German submarines...

register ship

register ship   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
109 words

...ship , an old naval term to describe a Spanish treasure galleon or plate ship. It originated from the requirement of the Spanish government that every Spanish ship trading to her American colonies required a licence to do so, those owners to whom licences were granted having their name entered on a register. It was a fairly widespread belief in England that every ship returning to Spain from America must be a treasure ship . As these were always desirable ships to capture in time of war, they became widely known as register ships to distinguish them...

‘abandon ship’

‘abandon ship’   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
26 words

...ship’ , the order given when a ship is sinking or on fire for the crew to take to the boats and liferafts. See also lifesaving...

guard-ship

guard-ship   Quick reference

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
62 words

...ship , a warship stationed at a port to act as a guard. In the days of sail it was the ship which received men brought in by the press gangs and was usually the flagship of the port admiral. Nowadays, the Royal Navy warship, usually a frigate , which is present at some yacht regattas for ceremonial duties is known as the guard-ship...

View: