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or amidship

[uh-mid-ships] /əˈmɪdˌʃɪps/
in or toward the middle part of a ship or aircraft; midway between the ends.
along the central fore-and-aft line of a ship or aircraft.
in or toward the center of anything:
a long, narrow office with a desk placed amidships.
of, relating to, or located in the middle part of a ship or aircraft.
Origin of amidships
1685-95; amid + ship1 + -s1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She was crossing the channel, and they struck her amidship, sinking her almost instantly.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • amidship, Kass was again studying the eyepiece of the ampliscope.

    The Metal Moon Everett C. Smith
  • Slowly we pushed her away from the bank, Jim at the stern, Tom amidship and I in the bow.

  • They'll have the sense to slip then, I hope, and make for the safety of wide waters, with an amidship helm.'

    My Danish Sweetheart., Volume 1 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • As he did so he noticed that the white object was a tent, and that there was a single "shanty" amidship.

    Raftmates Kirk Munroe
  • He made a trip of his own along the main-deck, scrambling upon the spars to avoid the occasional deluge which swept her amidship.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • She was about four thousand tons, and her engines were sternward and not amidship.

    The Million Dollar Mystery Harold MacGrath
British Dictionary definitions for amidship


adverb, adjective (postpositive)
(nautical) at, near, or towards the centre of a vessel
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Slang definitions & phrases for amidship



Used to refer to the striking of a blow in the abdomen

[1937+; fr earlier sense ''in the middle of a ship,'' implying the most crucial or vulnerable part]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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