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[lahyt-ship] /ˈlaɪtˌʃɪp/
a ship anchored in a specific location and displaying or flashing a very bright light for the guidance of ships, as in avoiding dangerous areas.
Abbreviation: LS.
Origin of lightship
1830-40; light1 + ship1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The accompanying illustration shows a vessel passing the lightship at the Nore.

    Man on the Ocean R.M. Ballantyne
  • "Posy here'd be a good hand aboard a lightship," he observed.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then he forced his plane a very little closer to the lightship and waited.

    The Flying Reporter Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss
  • I noticed that the lightship off the harbor was gradually growing plainer.

    The Yazoo Mystery Irving Craddock
  • Far beyond the lightship a liner was riding the waves with serene contempt, making for the river's mouth and Tilbury Dock.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Two vessels had been in collision with the Newarp lightship.

    Yarmouth Notes Frederick Danby Palmer
  • It was intended that this vessel should do duty as a lightship until the lighthouse should be completed.

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • And as it was, we passed three-quarters of a mile inside the lightship.

    The Bonadventure Edmund Blunden
  • "There is a lightship on the starboard," said Louis, who was seated between his mother and Miss Blanche.

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • A lightship is as peaceful and immobile as the granite blockstones of a lighthouse.

    Merchantmen-at-Arms David W. Bone
British Dictionary definitions for lightship


a ship equipped as a lighthouse and moored where a fixed structure would prove impracticable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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