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[ship-bil-der] /ˈʃɪpˌbɪl dər/
a person whose occupation is the designing or constructing of ship.
a commercial firm for building ships.
Origin of shipbuilder
First recorded in 1690-1700; ship1 + builder
Related forms
shipbuilding, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Go to Argus, the shipbuilder, and bid him build a galley with fifty oars.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It was then that Ninian decided that he would like to be a shipbuilder.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • "I don't believe he really wants to be a shipbuilder," Roger said.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • But the smaller yards were always in difficulties, and no shipbuilder ever made a fortune.

    All Afloat

    William Wood
  • A ship is made by the shipbuilder, who is its corporeal cause.

  • Let us note how this rule enters into the tasks of the shipbuilder.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • And such straightness in a shipbuilder is not that the supreme quality?

    Thomas Andrews Shan F. Bullock
  • A sailor, a shipbuilder, prodigal, vagabond—what does it matter?

  • In 1832 he was purchased by a Baltimore shipbuilder, but made his escape in 1838.

British Dictionary definitions for shipbuilder


a person or business engaged in the building of ships
Derived Forms
shipbuilding, noun
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