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[kuh m-pan-yuh n-wey] /kəmˈpæn yənˌweɪ/
noun, Nautical
a stair or ladder within the hull of a vessel.
the space occupied by this stair or ladder.
Origin of companionway
1830-40; companion2 + way1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • At this, he dove down the companionway again, with his marines after him.

  • Behind her she heard the commotion of many men descending the companionway.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • And over all, through open skylight and companionway, poured floods of brine to keep down the dust.

    In the Track of the Trades Lewis R. Freeman
  • Dropping our knives and forks, we sprang up the companionway.

    Left on Labrador Charles Asbury Stephens
  • President Haight, who had at first remained on the Restless, now came over the side, appearing at the after companionway.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • Next we sends Ferdie to take a peek down the companionway and report.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • Jacob lay sound asleep upon a locker in the cuddy within easy reach of a shout down the companionway or through the skylight.

    My Danish Sweetheart, Volume 3 of 3 William Clark Russell
  • She had begun to walk along the deck to the companionway and I went with her.

    The Patagonia Henry James
  • The American arrived at the head of the companionway at a critical juncture.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Finally, I took off my fishbowl and stepped into the companionway.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for companionway


a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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