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a. Quality, state, or condition: scholarship.
b. Something that shows or possesses a quality, state, or condition: courtship.
2. Rank, status, or office: professorship.
3. Art, skill, or craft: penmanship.
4. A collective body: readership.
[Middle English, from Old English -scipe.]
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suffix forming nouns
1. indicating state or condition: fellowship.
2. indicating rank, office, or position: lordship.
3. indicating craft or skill: horsemanship; workmanship; scholarship.
[Old English -scipe; compare shape]
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n., v. shipped, ship•ping. n.
1. a vessel, esp. a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
2. a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
3. the crew and passengers of a vessel.
4. an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.v.t.
5. to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
6. to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
7. to bring into a ship or boat: Ship the anchor.
8. to engage (a person) for service on a ship.
9. to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use: Ship the oars.
10. to send away: We shipped the kids off to camp.v.i.
11. to go on board or travel by ship; embark.
12. to engage to serve on a ship.
13. ship out,
a. to leave, esp. for another country or assignment.
b. to send away, esp. to another country or assignment.
c. to quit, resign, or be fired from a job: Shape up or ship out!
14. ship over, to reenlist, esp. in the navy.Idioms:
1. run a tight ship, to exercise strict control over a company, organization, or the like.
2. when or if one's ship comes in or home, when or if one finally becomes wealthy.
[before 900; (n.) Middle English; Old English scip, c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old Norse, Gothic skip, Old High German scif]
a noun-forming suffix denoting state or condition, usu. added to personal nouns: friendship; kinship; statesmanship.
[Middle English, Old English -scipe; akin to shape; c. dial. Frisian, dial. Dutch schip]
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