to cause (a spaceship) to lift off a planet; (of a spaceship) to lift off a planet
They raised their vessel and cruised about, looking for cities, for intelligent beings, and finding nothing but slimy life, settled again.
Baby on Neptune in Amazing Stories Dec. 792/1
Attention! Man all space details; first section. Raise ship in twelve minutes. Close bulkhead doors.
Misfit in Astounding Science-Fiction Nov. 54/2
Nat had barely raised his ship from the Asteroid Moira when he saw the small planetoid lurch suddenly, bounding off its orbit at almost a right angle. The sudden combined driving force of all the rockets within the cave had sent it hurtling away like a rocket itself.
Beast of Space in Comet July 89/2
They stared at the original entry for ‘raise ship’—but most especially at the year entry in the date column—‘1971.’
Space Cadet 218
‘Stand by to raise!’ the pilot called out, then looked down to check his passengers.
Space Cadet 37
Shake a leg and get out of here. We raise ship at once.
Green Hills of Earth 189
If you mess it up, I'll leave you dirtside and raise without you. Let me see you walk again.
Starman Jones 64
If the traitor managed to turn in an alarm, chances were that the Falcon would never raise ship again.
Star Wars: Han Solo Adventure 73
Figure fifteen deaths—maybe ten—and the city slickers raise ship and go looking for an easier job.
Knave and Game 51
Clare Winger Harris and Miles Breuer, "Baby on Neptune," in Amazing Stories
Research HistoryMike Christie submitted a cite from a 1980 printing of Heinlein's "Starman Jones".
Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1973 reprint of Heinlein's "Space Cadet" which was verified in the 1948 first edition by Rick Hauptmann.
Andrew Dalke submitted a cite from a 1975 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "The Green Hills of Earth" which was verified in the 1951 first edition by Rick Hauptmann; we would like to verify the original appearance in the Feb 8th, 1947 Saturday Evening Post.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a 1967 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Misfit"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the 1939 first appearance.
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 1992 reprint of Brian Daley's 1979 "Star Wars: The Han Solo Adventures".
Michael Dolbear submitted a cite from a 2002 reprint of Laurence M. Janifer's 1987 "Knave and the Game".
Fred Galvin submitted 1941 cite from "The Beast of Space", by F.H. Hardart.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from "The Ultimate Experiment", by Thornton DeKy.
Jesse Sheidlower submitted a 1929 cite from Clare Winger Harris and Miles Breuer, "Baby on Neptune," in Amazing Stories.
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