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companionway

[kuh m-pan-yuh n-wey] /kəmˈpæn yənˌweɪ/
noun, Nautical
1.
a stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.
2.
the space occupied by this stair or ladder.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; companion2 + way
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British Dictionary definitions for companion-way

companionway

/kəmˈpænjənˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship
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