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noun Nautical.
  1. (in a shipyard) the area sloping toward the water, on which the ways are located.
  2. marine railway.
  3. a ramp on a factory ship for hauling aboard carcasses of whales for processing.
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Origin of slipway

First recorded in 1830–40; slip1 + way1
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Examples from the Web for slipway

Historical Examples of slipway

  • When we are alongside they walk out to us in their waterproof thigh-boots and carry me on to the slipway.

    'Green Balls'

    Paul Bewsher

  • There is a repairing slipway accommodating vessels of 800 tons.

  • In the slipway vacated by the olus a second class cruiser, to be named the Hermione, will be laid down forthwith.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for slipway


  1. the sloping area in a shipyard, containing the ways
  2. Also called: marine railway the ways on which a vessel is launched
  3. the ramp of a whaling factory ship
  4. a pillowcase; pillowslip
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