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adjective & adverb
In the middle of a ship.[as adverb] ‘the destroyer rammed her amidships’[as adjective] ‘an amidships engine’
- ‘Additional bollards may be located alongside the holds, just forward and aft of the amidships superstructure.’
- ‘The explosion ripped through the steel hull of Cole on the port side amidships with a deafening roar.’
- ‘As the exhausted and injured men slept below decks the ship was struck amidships by a torpedo from a German E-boat and she broke in two, sinking in just 15 seconds.’
- ‘Heading back amidships along the port side, the hull dips away much more steeply than on the starboard side.’
- ‘Only two men could be seen on her deck, one at the tiller and one amidships to work the sail.’
- ‘It is an unusual design of ship, a collier with engine-room aft and wheelhouse amidships.’
- ‘The main saloon is amidships over the engine room and features a sofa along the starboard aft bulkhead that converts to a fore and aft berth.’
- ‘All this weight of armament tended to compensate for the engine being mounted amidships.’
- ‘It seems this artist and industrial designer came up with the idea after he broke a toe on an amidships cleat.’
- ‘Missile one hit amidships, wrecking a set of berthing compartments.’
- ‘Modifications to the hull included increasing the freeboard amidships and flaring the topsides to widen the beam at the weatherdeck.’
- ‘These installations typically involve the engines being situated nearly amidships, with a straight shaft driving a three or more bladed propeller.’
- ‘The hull has broken amidships and the wreck has a slight list to port either side of the break.’
- ‘The Exeter was hit amidships and the ship sustained damage.’
- ‘Further forward, the aft hold is broken plates, then the amidships deckhouse and winch-gear lies intact and upside-down, and the goalpost mast has fallen diagonally across the wreck.’
- ‘Forward of this amidships seat was a locker offering additional stowage, situated on the centre-line, which was flanked by bonded pads which nestled the fuel-tanks in position.’
- ‘In one design, two or more horses walked in a circle on deck, turning a capstan amidships that was geared to a paddle wheel set between a pair of catamaran-like hulls.’
- ‘The first spread hit her slightly aft of amidships, obliterating the crew quarters, mess, and medical bay in an instant.’
- ‘She had a draught of 18 ft and was built in 1903 with a single boiler and a three-cylinder triple-expansion engine amidships.’
- ‘The vessel is badly damaged from amidships aft.’
Late 17th century: from a- (expressing position or direction) + midships (as a noun meaning midship), influenced by amid.
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