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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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  • A number of them sold all they had and gave the money for shipbuilding.

    Ancient Rome Mary Agnes Hamilton
  • Not long after the death of Champlain there was a world-wide advance in shipbuilding.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • There are shipbuilding plants upon distant shores, the glares of foundry cupolas, multiplying commerce—Baltimore is close at hand.

  • But the French designs in shipbuilding were generally better than the English.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • The King's interest in ships and shipbuilding was strong, even amid the alluring diversions of the first years of his reign.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • In the eighteenth century shipbuilding in Quebec continued to flourish.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • In 1729 by far the greater part of the Swedish iron exported from Gothenburg went to England for shipbuilding purposes.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism John Atkinson Hobson
  • It was the change from wood to metal that caused the decline of shipbuilding in Canada.

    All Afloat William Wood
  • The chief industry is cotton, but there are also shipbuilding yards, engineer shops, and foundries.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • There was something of a shipbuilding flavour in the following story.

    The Uncommercial Traveller Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for shipbuilding


a person or business engaged in the building of ships
Derived Forms
shipbuilding, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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