[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for slipway

/ (ˈslɪpˌweɪ) /


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
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