lightship definition

  • noun:
    • A ship with a powerful light or warning signals that is anchored in dangerous seas to alert other vessels.
    • A ship designed with a tremendously huge lamp; it can be placed to warn off other vessels from dangerous places, as a kind of lightweight lighthouse.
    • A vessel equipped like a lighthouse, carrying within masthead a fantastic light, and moored off a shoal or host to dangerous navigation in which a permanent lighthouse would-be impracticable, to serve as helpful information for mariners.
    • A vessel riding at anchor and showing a light when it comes to guidance of mariners, in a position where in actuality the base and/or depth would render a fixed lighthouse-structure impracticable.
    • a ship equipped like a lighthouse and anchored in which a permanent lighthouse will be impracticable

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