Full record for spaceship n.

Definition a spacecraft; esp. a manned one under the control of its crew
OED requirements antedating 1880
Earliest cite Pall Mall Gazette
Comment A reader for the OED found an 1880 quotation in the Pall Mall Gazette, referencing Jules Verne.
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Citations for spaceship n.

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1880 Pall Mall Gaz. 20 Jan. 12/1 The Apergy once mastered, it was comparatively easy to anticipate and improve upon the ideas of a trifler like Jules Verne, and build a space-ship.
1880 Pall Mall Gaz. 20 Jan. 12/1 The Apergy once mastered, it was comparatively easy to anticipate and improve upon the ideas of a trifler like Jules Verne, and build a space-ship.
1941 Super Science Stories Nov. Would it be that for the first time in human history a—spaceship had reached the Earth?
1951 I. Asimov Foundation Trilogy—Foundation ii.ii.45 The last bit of triumphant description of mangled spaceships came when he had accompanied Pirenne and Hardin onto the balcony.
1952 J. Blish in Galaxy Aug. 25/1 Obviously, whatever the ancients had known about spaceship construction, very little of that knowledge was usable.
1954 C. Oliver Field Expedient in W. F. Nolan Edge of Forever (1971) 141 Neither of them had ever taken off in a spaceship before.
1957 J. Blish Seedling Stars 155 Obviously, whatever the ancients had known about spaceship construction, very little of that knowledge was usable.
?a1965 G. Roddenberry Original outline for ‘Star Trek’ in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ (1968) i. i. 25 April and his crew, unlike our limited astronauts of today, are in charge of their own destiny, must find their own answers to the jeopardies they meet on far-off worlds. The perfected spaceship concept allows us to move efficiently from story to story, freeing the audience from tiresome details of technology and hardware. Our aim is drama and adventure.
1966 S. Delany Babel-17 i. ii. 27 Managing a spaceship crew takes a special sort of psychology.
1968 S. E. Whitfield in S. E. Whitfield & G. Roddenberry Making of ‘Star Trek’ Introd. 11 AMT‥intended to market a scale model plastic kit of the Star Trek spaceship.
1970 A. McCaffrey Ship who Sang (1991) i. 2 More and more neural synapses would be adjusted to operate other mechanisms that went into the maintenance and running of a space ship.
1974 U. K. Le Guin Dispossessed (1975) i. 2 She was wearing the Defense armband, a sight almost as rare as a spaceship.
1976 C. Holland Floating Worlds (1977) 90 The first several frames were exteriors of a kite-shaped spaceship.
1977 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Aug. 118/1 They put him in a space ship and launched him to a large artificial satellite that circled the world. This space station was called Command School.
1987 D. Brin Uplift War 267 The little spaceship had bounced and skidded when it crashed, scything a twisted trail of destruction before finally plunging nose first into the marshy river mouth.
1987 G. Bear Forge of God (1988) 21 That cinder cone's a spaceship, or a spaceship is buried underneath.
1989 Omni Sept. 10/1 In the Seventies our planet was described as a self-contained ‘spaceship.’
1989 Omni Sept. 10/1 Yet spaceship Earth, overburdened with industrial pollution and toxic waste is a fragile machine.
1991 A. D. Foster Cat.a.lyst xii. 180 We do not have any spaceships. The assault force will travel by means of transmitter.
1991 Locus Sept. 77/2 The movie is a student film and it's basically about four guys sitting around in a spaceship talking about how bored they are.
1992 V. Vinge Fire upon Deep i. v. 30 He hadn't seen them by the spaceship‥they must have been captured, too.
1992 Locus Aug. 4/1 The first story‥has the most complete description of a biological life support system for a spaceship that I've ever run into in science fiction.
2001 Locus June 17/2 Kel meditates over his collection of junked spaceships in a distant binary star system.