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mother ship

a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.
Origin of mother ship
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The mother-ship of the submarines was a combination of flagship, supply-station, repair-shop, and hotel.

  • He turned his head, looking over his shoulder at the mother-ship.

    The Sex Life of the Gods Michael Knerr
  • It begins to look as though we'd have to stick around until every one of those torpedoes gets somewhere near its mother-ship.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • Oh, that's the mother-ship's dynamos charging the batteries of Branch's boat.

  • You are far from home without a mother-ship, or she would have found you and furnished oil before this.

    The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson
  • The mother-ship had to steer a true course, regardless of the vagaries of its rockets.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • The deep voice of Robert Knapp, captain of the mother-ship Falcon, came ringing in.

  • The radars plotted their position with relation to each other and the mother-ship.

    Space Tug Murray Leinster
  • So the guns were taken off the cruiser and it was turned into a mother-ship for airplanes.

    Inventions of the Great War A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
  • Presently an officer of the mother-ship, passing through, called to the lingering group of submarine officers.

British Dictionary definitions for mother-ship

mother ship

a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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Contemporary definitions for mother-ship

a larger spacecraft or watercraft which carries, controls, or launches smaller craft's 21st Century Lexicon
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