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[ship-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈʃɪpˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
  1. the deck or side of a ship.
  2. the situation of being on a ship.
done, conducted, or designed for use aboard ship, especially during an ocean voyage:
a shipboard romance; a shipboard telephone.
on shipboard, aboard a seagoing vessel.
Origin of shipboard
late Middle English
1150-1200; late Middle English shipbord (see ship1, board); replacing Middle English shipesbord (see ’s1) Unabridged
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  • I had promised to keep on neutral ground for three months, and a tête-à-tête on shipboard seemed hardly playing the game.

    An Unknown Lover Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • It had been, he said, his shipboard companion on another voyage.

    The Winds of Time James H. Schmitz
  • He had done him many kindnesses, but he had awed Donald with his shipboard severity.

    The Viking Blood Frederick William Wallace
  • It was delightful to be so hungry, as hungry as one could be on shipboard!

    Betty Leicester Sarah Orne Jewett
  • But do you not think that they would like nothing better than to catch you at sea on shipboard?

  • Sunday on shipboard is a good day for reflections and heart-searchings.

    Ladies-In-Waiting Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • But it was impossible to stop the circulation of such a story on shipboard.

  • Seawards first and then on shipboard, and so to the shores that are calling me!

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • The busy preparations on land and shipboard had another effect on Philip.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for shipboard


(modifier) taking place, used, or intended for use aboard a ship: a shipboard encounter
on shipboard, on board a ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shipboard

also ship-board, "side of a ship," c.1200, from ship (n.) + board (n.2).

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