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marine railway

noun

  1. a railway having a rolling cradle for hauling ships out of water onto land and returning them.


marine railway

noun

  1. another term for slipway


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Word History and Origins

Origin of marine railway1

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

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Example Sentences

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

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

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

The bureau also owns and operates its own machine shop and marine railway, and repairs its own vessels.

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