(Ship"shape`) a. Arranged in a manner befitting a ship; hence, trim; tidy; orderly.
Even then she expressed her scorn for the lubbery executioner's mode of tying a knot, and did it herself
in a shipshape orthodox manner.De Quincey.
Keep everything shipshape, for I must goTennyson.
(Ship"shape`) adv. In a shipshape or seamanlike manner.
(Ship"worm`) n. (Zoöl.) Any long, slender, worm-shaped bivalve mollusk of Teredo and allied
genera. The shipworms burrow in wood, and are destructive to wooden ships, piles of wharves, etc.
1. The breaking in pieces, or shattering, of a ship or other vessel by being cast ashore or driven against
rocks, shoals, etc., by the violence of the winds and waves.
2. A ship wrecked or destroyed upon the water, or the parts of such a ship; wreckage. Dryden.
3. Fig.: Destruction; ruin; irretrievable loss.
Holding faith and a good conscience, which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.1 Tim. 1. 19.
It was upon an Indian bill that the late ministry had made shipwreck.J. Morley.
(Ship"wreck`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shipwrecked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Shipwrecking.]
1. To destroy, as a ship at sea, by running ashore or on rocks or sandbanks, or by the force of wind
and waves in a tempest.
Shipwrecking storms and direful thunders break.Shak.
2. To cause to experience shipwreck, as sailors or passengers. Hence, to cause to suffer some disaster
or loss; to destroy or ruin, as if by shipwreck; to wreck; as, to shipwreck a business. Addison.
(Ship"wright`) n. One whose occupation is to construct ships; a builder of ships or other
(Ship"yard`) n. A yard, place, or inclosure where ships are built or repaired.
(Shi*raz") n. A kind of Persian wine; so called from the place whence it is brought.
(Shire) n. [AS. scire, scir, a division, province, county. Cf. Sheriff.]
1. A portion of Great Britain originally under the supervision of an earl; a territorial division, usually identical
with a county, but sometimes limited to a smaller district; as, Wiltshire, Yorkshire, Richmondshire, Hallamshire.
An indefinite number of these hundreds make up a county or shire.Blackstone.
2. A division of a State, embracing several contiguous townships; a county. [U. S.]
Shire is commonly added to the specific designation of a county as a part of its name; as, Yorkshire
instead of York shire, or the shire of York; Berkshire instead of Berks shire. Such expressions as the
county of Yorkshire, which in a strict sense are tautological, are used in England. In the United States