—n. 1. a vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
2. Naut. 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.
—v.t. 1. to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation; to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
2. Naut.to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
3. to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
4. to engage (someone) for service on a ship.
5. to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
6. to place (an oar) in proper position for rowing. Cf. boat (def. 13).
7. to send away: They shipped the kids off to camp for the summer.
—v.i. 1. to go on board or travel by ship; embark.
2. to engage to serve on a ship.
3. ship out, a. to leave, esp. for another country or assignment: He said goodby to his family and shipped out for the West Indies. b. to send away, esp. to another country or assignment.
c. Informal.to quit, resign, or be fired from a job: Shape up or ship out!
a native English suffix of nouns denoting condition, character, office, skill, etc.: clerkship; friendship; statesmanship.