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  1. the structure that supports a ship being built.
  2. a ship canal.
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Origin of shipway

First recorded in 1825–35; ship1 + way1
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Examples from the Web for shipway

Historical Examples

  • Take, for example, that shameful story of the "Shipway frauds," which is thus referred to by a clergyman of the parish.

    Love Romances of the Aristocracy

    Thornton Hall

  • This is the famous siphon—the quadruple passage of concrete that will carry the city's drainage underneath the shipway.

British Dictionary definitions for shipway


  1. the structure on which a vessel is built, then launched
  2. a canal used by ships
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