Definition of Shanghai

1. Noun. The largest city of China; located in the east on the Pacific; one of the largest ports in the world.

2. Verb. Take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship. "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
Exact synonyms: Impress
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Abduct, Kidnap, Nobble, Snatch
Derivative terms: Impress, Impressment, Shanghaier

Definition of Shanghai

1. v. t. To intoxicate and ship (a person) as a sailor while in this condition.

2. n. A large and tall breed of domestic fowl.

Definition of Shanghai

1. Proper noun. A port city in China. ¹

2. Proper noun. A type of long-legged chicken believed to be of Asian origin. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To force or trick (someone) into joining a ship which is lacking a full crew. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To abduct or coerce. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To commandeer; appropriate; hijack ¹

6. Noun. (dated) A slingshot. ¹

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Definition of Shanghai

1. to kidnap for service aboard a ship [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Shanghai

1. A large and tall breed of domestic fowl. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Shanghai Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shanghai

shana tova
shanghai (current term)
shank's mare
shank's pony
shank bone

Literary usage of Shanghai

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature (1907)
"shanghai, a city of China. The native city of shanghai is situated iii 31° 15' N. lat. and 121° 27' E. long., and stands on the left or western bank of the ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"On the same day the Neal Bank received the defendant's check it mailed to the Hongkong & shanghai Banking Corporation, who were the agents of the plaintiffs ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"AN, China's Business Methode and Policy (shanghai, 1904); IDEM, .... EDKINS, The Revenue and Taxation of the Chinese Empire (shanghai, 1903); HOKIE, ..."

4. Personal Cars and China =: Si Ren Jiao Che Yu Zhongguo by Zhongguo gong cheng yuan, National Research Council (U.S.) (2003)
"This report examines two transportation trajectories that shanghai might follow. shanghai's metropolitan population of about 16 million people1 continues to ..."

5. Treaties and Agreements with and Concerning China, 1894-1919: A Collection by John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1921)
"Sir, " Whereas, by the shanghai-Nanking Railway Loan Agreement of July 9th 1903 it was provided, in respect to the purchase of land, under Article 7, ..."

6. Treaties and Agreements with and Concerning China, 1894-1919: A Collection by John Van Antwerp MacMurray (1921)
"GERMANY (Deutsch-Asiatische Bank), GREAT BRITAIN (Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, and Hongkong and shanghai Banking Corporation), ..."

7. Death by Default: A Policy of Fatal Neglect in China's State Orphanages by Robin Munro (1996)
"The investigation involved not only the shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau but a range of other municipal agencies, including the shanghai Communist Party ..."

8. The Baptist Missionary Magazine by Executive Committee, Baptist General Convention, American Baptist Missionary Union, Board of Managers (1844)
"Have heen favored with a passage to shanghai in the iron steamer. The opportunity was too good to he lost. I closed my hospital for a short time, ..."

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