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.

Nearby words

  1. slipstick,
  2. slipstream,
  3. slipstreaming,
  4. slipt,
  5. slipware,
  6. slit,
  7. slit fricative,
  8. slit pocket,
  9. slit trench,
  10. slit-drum

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



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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