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[slip-wey] /ˈslɪpˌweɪ/
noun, Nautical.
(in a shipyard) the area sloping toward the water, on which the ways are located.
a ramp on a factory ship for hauling aboard carcasses of whales for processing.
Origin of slipway
First recorded in 1830-40; slip1 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When we are alongside they walk out to us in their waterproof thigh-boots and carry me on to the slipway.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • There is a repairing slipway accommodating vessels of 800 tons.

  • In the slipway vacated by the olus a second class cruiser, to be named the Hermione, will be laid down forthwith.

  • At ten minutes to seven we sighted land and twenty minutes after we were resting on the water in front of Yarmouth slipway.

    The Victory At Sea William Sowden Sims
  • Master Calvin, seated astride the low wall above the slipway, almost rolled off his perch with laughter.

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Rosewarne could not challenge him without raising the whole question of the slipway.

    Shining Ferry

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • A motor-boat left the slipway, and we were towed ingloriously ashore at about 11 o'clock.

    'Green Balls' Paul Bewsher
  • Then she drew him away, over stock and stone, in a slanting path to the slipway, where the people stood like a wall.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo
British Dictionary definitions for slipway


the sloping area in a shipyard, containing the ways
Also called marine railway. the ways on which a vessel is launched
the ramp of a whaling factory ship
a pillowcase; pillowslip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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