What is the difference between ship and boat?

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Ship is a synonym of boat.

As nouns the difference between ship and boat

is that ship is a water-borne vessel generally larger than a boat or ship can be (fandom) a fictional romantic relationship between two persons, either real or themselves fictional while boat is a craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.

As verbs the difference between ship and boat

is that ship is to send by water-borne transport or ship can be (fandom) to be a fan of or promote a certain while boat is to travel by boat.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) ship, schip, from (etyl) scip, from (etyl) . (cognates) Cognate with (etyl) skip, (etyl) schip, (etyl) Schiff, (etyl) .

Alternative forms

* shippe (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A water-borne vessel generally larger than a boat.
  • (chiefly, in combination) A vessel which travels through any medium other than across land, such as an airship or spaceship.
  • (archaic, nautical, formal) A sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts.
  • A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a ship) used to hold incense.
  • (Tyndale)
    Usage notes
    * The singular form (term) is sometimes used without any , producing such sentences as "In all, we spent three weeks aboard ship." and "Abandon ship!". (Similar patterns may be seen with many place nouns, such as (camp), (home), (work), and (school), but the details vary between them.) * Ships are traditionally regarded as feminine and the pronouns (her) and (she) are normally used instead of (it).
    Derived terms
    * abandon ship * airship * battleship * cargo ship * coffin ship * cruise ship * escort ship * fireship * Her Majesty's Ship, His Majesty's Ship * jump ship * merchant ship * midship, midships * mother ship * sailing ship * ship ahoy! * shipboard * ship-breaker * shipbuilder * shipbuilding * ship canal * ship chandler * ship fever * shipload * shipmate * shipmaster * shipowner * ship's company * shipshape * ships that pass in the night * ship-to-shore * shipwise * shipwreck * shipwright * shipyard * sinking ship * sister ship * slave ship * spaceship * starship * tall ship * tight ship * transport ship * warship


  • (label) To send by water-borne transport.
  • * (Richard Knolles) (1545-1610)
  • The timber wasshipped in the bay of Attalia, from whence it was by sea transported to Pelusium.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-14, volume=411, issue=8891, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= It's a gas , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.}}
  • (label) To send (a parcel or container) to a recipient (by any means of transport).
  • (label) To engage to serve on board a vessel.
  • * 1851 , (Herman Melville), (Moby-Dick) ,
  • With finger pointed and eye levelled at the Pequod, the beggar-like stranger stood a moment, as if in a troubled reverie; then starting a little, turned and said:—“Ye’ve shipped , have ye? Names down on the papers? Well, well, what’s signed, is signed; and what’s to be, will be;
  • (label) To embark on a ship.
  • To put in its place.
  • (label) To take in (water) over the sides of a vessel.
  • (label) To pass (from one person to another).
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=September 18, author=Ben Dirs, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia , passage=And when scrum-half Ben Youngs, who had a poor game, was burgled by opposite number Irakli Abuseridze and the ball shipped down the line to Irakli Machkhaneli, it looked like Georgia had scored a try of their own, but the winger's foot was in touch.}}
  • To go all in.
  • (label) To trade or send a player to another team.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 1, author=Tom Fordyce, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , passage=England were shipping penalties at an alarming rate - five in the first 15 minutes alone - and with Wilkinson missing three long-distance pots of his own in the first 20 minutes, the alarm bells began to ring for Martin Johnson's men.}}
    Derived terms
    * shipment * shippage (rare)

    Etymology 2

    From (relationship).


    (en noun)
  • (fandom) A fictional romantic relationship between two persons, either real or themselves fictional.
  • Verb

  • (fandom) To write fiction that includes fictional romantic relationships between two persons, either real or themselves fictional.
  • I ship Kirk and Spock in my ''Star Trek'' fan fiction.
    See also
    * -ship




    * * *



    (wikipedia boat)


    (en noun)
  • A craft used for transportation of goods, fishing, racing, recreational cruising, or military use on or in the water, propelled by oars or outboard motor or inboard motor or by wind.
  • *
  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  • *, chapter=8
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=Philander went into the next room
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Yesterday’s fuel , passage=The dawn of the oil age was fairly recent. Although the stuff was used to waterproof boats in the Middle East 6,000 years ago, extracting it in earnest began only in 1859 after an oil strike in Pennsylvania. The first barrels of crude fetched $18 (around $450 at today’s prices).}}
  • (lb) A full house.
  • A vehicle, utensil, or dish somewhat resembling a boat in shape.
  • :
  • (lb) One of two possible conformations of cyclohexane rings (the other being chair), shaped roughly like a boat.
  • The refugee boats arriving in Australian waters, and by extension, refugees generally.
  • Usage notes

    There is no explicit limit, but the word boat usually refers to a relatively small watercraft, smaller than a ship but larger than a dinghy.


    * (craft on or in water) craft, ship, vessel


    (Terms denoting specific kinds of boat) * (A craft on or in water) ark, bangca, barge, canoe, catamaran, caravel, carrack, coracle, cruiser, cutter, dhow, dinghy, dory, dragon boat, Dutch barge, East Indiaman, felucca, ferry, ferryboat, fishing boat, flatboat, folding boat, galley, galleon, gig, go-fast boat, gondola, guardboat, gunboat, houseboat, hovercraft, hydrofoil, hydroplane, iceboat, inflatable boat, inflatable raft, jetboat, jetski, junk, , kayak, keelboat, ketch, lifeboat, log boat, longboat, luxemotor, mackinaw boat, mailboat, motorboat, motorsailer, narrowboat, Norfolk wherry, outrigger canoe, paddleboat, peniche, pinnace, policeboat, powerboat, raft, rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RIB), riverboat, rowboat, sailboat, schooner, scow, seaboat, sealship, Seiner, ship of the line, skiff, sloop, steamboat, submarine, surfboat, swan boat, tender, tjalk, trawler, trireme, trimaran, troller, tug, tugboat, U-boat, wangkang, water taxi, whaleboat, yacht, yawl

    Derived terms

    * boatable * boatage * boatbill * boatbuilder * boatel, botel * boater * boatful * boathook * boathouse * boatie * boating * boatless * boatlift * boatload * boatman, boatsman * boatmanship, boatsmanship * boatneck * boatslip * boatswain * boatswainbird * boattail * boatwoman * boatwright * boatyard * burn one's boats * float someone's boat * gravy boat * houseboat * in the same boat * longtail boat * miss the boat * narrowboat, narrow boat * push the boat out * rock the boat * speedboat * twist-boat * U-boat

    See also



    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523


    (en verb)
  • To travel by boat.
  • To transport in a boat.
  • to boat goods
  • To place in a boat.
  • to boat oars




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