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hospital ship

a ship built to serve as a hospital, especially used to treat the wounded in wartime and accorded safe passage by international law.
Origin of hospital ship
1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I was carried on board a British hospital-ship and lowered about three decks down.

  • It is not as if you had given a hospital-ship or an ambulance.

  • Why dont you see what can be done with a hospital-ship among the North Sea fishermen?

    Heroes of To-Day Mary R. Parkman
  • He was too ill to be brought on a transport, but he may come at any time on a hospital-ship.

    "Forward, March" Kirk Munroe
  • A hospital-ship lying off the coast is secure from his artillery, because of the publicity, not because it is a hospital-ship.

  • An account of such officers and men as are on the sick list on board, or are sent to an hospital, hospital-ship, or sick-quarters.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • The wounded had been taken on to our hospital-ship in the afternoon.

  • That night I was put on board a hospital-ship, and a few days later I was in hospital at Alexandria.

  • Dr. Dobson, the superintendant physician of the hospital-ship at Chatham, was a very worthy and very skilful gentleman.

  • One had no sooner received its melancholy freight, than it left the islets, on its way to the hospital-ship of the fleet.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper

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