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[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
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  • The invention consists in reversible propellers working on each side of the boat amidships.
  • The ship's compartments from amidships forward were speedily flooded.
  • The mechanism for the ship's wheel is covered by a box located amidships at the stern.
  • There are stairways to port and starboard aft and a single large stairway amidships between the stacks.
  • As it rolled from the impact, a second wave struck near amidships before the vessel split in two.
  • The broad deck is interrupted by a large cargo hatch amidships that leads below to the hold.
  • They were then moved in an insulated container to the officer's galley refrigerator freezer compartment, approximately amidships.
  • Cabins for ranking crew are located amidships between the boiler and the engine room.
  • The green of the lower hull and the white top sides are still visible, as are the two gasoline engines located amidships.
  • Kathryn carries two dredges, one on each side with the winders and winder engine amidships.
British Dictionary definitions for amidships


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



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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