Definition of mother ship in English:

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mother ship

Pronunciation: /ˈməT͟Hər SHip/
(also mothership)


1A large spacecraft or ship from which smaller craft are launched or maintained.
Example sentences
  • Diligence carries extensive engineering workshops and can provide emergency electrical and fresh water supplies, making her an ideal mother ship for smaller craft engaged on relief work.
  • The service maintains a computer register of ships capable of acting as the mother ship to host the submersible rescue system.
  • Dozens of smaller ships from the alien mother ship fly out, shooting laser shots at the Battle Ships.
1.1A place regarded as a base, source, or headquarters: the gallery quickly became Modernism’s mother ship in jazz-age New York
More example sentences
  • On New Year's Eve in San Francisco's Market district, the mothership has no beginning or end.
  • Instead, this became a chance to show our willingness to work together within the new mother ship.
  • Those dealers, Landry adds, represent 65 percent of retail sales, a fact not lost on the U.S. mothership in Detroit.

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Syllabification: moth·er ship

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