[ slip-wey ]

  1. (in a shipyard) the area sloping toward the water, on which the ways are located.

  1. a ramp on a factory ship for hauling aboard carcasses of whales for processing.

Origin of slipway

First recorded in 1830–40; slip1 + way1

Words Nearby slipway Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use slipway in a sentence

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

    'Green Balls' | Paul Bewsher
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for slipway


/ (ˈslɪpˌweɪ) /

  1. the sloping area in a shipyard, containing the ways

  2. Also called: marine railway the ways on which a vessel is launched

  1. the ramp of a whaling factory ship

  2. a pillowcase; pillowslip

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