from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A vessel of war appointed to protect a harbor or to superintend marine affairs in it, and sometimes to receive naval offenders and seamen not assigned to duty on other vessels.
  • noun One of the vessels of a squadron having the duty, among others, of boarding any arriving vessels.
  • noun Care; protection.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete Care; protection.

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  • noun obsolete care; protection

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a warship (at anchor or under way) required to maintain a higher degree of readiness than others in its squadron


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guard +‎ -ship


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  • The following year she moved to the guardship Royal Sovereign, then decided to serve an apprenticeship as a shipwright, which she managed despite hard work and awful difficulties, with the help of her multitude of friends many of whom were girlfriends, with whom she had lighthearted and probably lesbian relationships.

    The Female Shipwright Joan Druett 2008

  • There it stands, apart from the town, beside the pier, in a climate of its own, half inland, half marine — in front the ferry bubbling with the tide and the guardship swinging to her anchor; behind, the old garden with the trees.

    Memories and Portraits 2005

  • In the roadstead of Macassar there was a fine 42-gun frigate, the guardship of the place, as well as a small war steamer and three or four little cutters used for cruising after the pirates which infest these seas.

    The Malay Archipelago 2004

  • Toward evening, Shakro and I stole quietly up toward the boats of the custom house guardship.

    Creatures That Once Were Men, and other stories 2003

  • I gave him letters to the captain of the DUFFERIN, the Yenbo guardship, which would ensure him a quick passage down: for all who knew of the Wejh scheme were agog to help it.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom Thomas Edward 2003

  • Abd el Kader got into a boat, rowed out to the British guardship — the tiny

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom Thomas Edward 2003

  • It turned out that she was doing the work of fishery guardship on that part of the coast.

    The Riddle of the Sands Childers, Erskine, 1870-1922 1955

  • Venetian galleys kept for guardship duties in Cretan waters.

    Famous Sea Fights From Salamis to Tsu-Shima John Richard Hale

  • Russian guardship at Chemulpo, by a Japanese squadron.

    Famous Sea Fights From Salamis to Tsu-Shima John Richard Hale

  • On returning to the _Active_ after our leave was up, Mick and I were sent to the guardship, or depot, having to leave our old ship through getting our new rating as ordinary seamen, we having been drafted to her as ` boys '; for, being no longer held to be such, we, of course, had no

    Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy John B. [Illustrator] Greene


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