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amidships

or amidship

[uh-mid-ships] /əˈmɪdˌʃɪps/
adverb
1.
in or toward the middle part of a ship or aircraft; midway between the ends.
2.
along the central fore-and-aft line of a ship or aircraft.
3.
in or toward the center of anything:
a long, narrow office with a desk placed amidships.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or located in the middle part of a ship or aircraft.
Origin of amidships
1685-1695
1685-95; amid + ship1 + -s1
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  • He pointed out the three viewscreens mounted below the bridge, amidships.

    Oomphel in the Sky Henry Beam Piper
  • As already stated, it was amidships,—where its owner had been exploring it.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • We caught her amidships and the explosion was tremendous, but we were well outside its area.

    Danger! and Other Stories Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The order to put it amidships, that is, in a line with the keel.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • amidships is a small platform partly roofed over with matting.

    A Wayfarer in China Elizabeth Kendall
  • With jibs and fore-and-aft sails, the tack confines them amidships.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • This accounted for the cessation of the work, and the absence of the sailors from “amidships.”

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • The two lads were under the awning upon this particular day just amidships.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
  • amidships sat another figure, the sight of which gave Samba a delightful thrill of expectation.

    Samba Herbert Strang
  • There it is, sir,” said Joe—“lashed just amidships out of the way.

    The Ocean Cat's Paw George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for amidships

amidships

/əˈmɪdʃɪps/
adverb, adjective (postpositive)
1.
(nautical) at, near, or towards the centre of a vessel
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Slang definitions & phrases for amidships

amidships

adverb

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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