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marine railway

a railway having a rolling cradle for hauling ships out of water onto land and returning them.
Also called slipway; British, patent slip.
Origin of marine railway
An Americanism dating back to 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The bureau also owns and operates its own machine shop and marine railway, and repairs its own vessels.

  • A marine railway floated the boats in and out at high tide, and at such times creaked complainingly.

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  • Below in the yacht yard the master gave orders, and the machinery of the marine railway began its clanking chorus.

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  • He found the marine railway without difficulty but was unable to secure accommodations for his motor boat at once.

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British Dictionary definitions for marine railway

marine railway

another term for slipway (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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