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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
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Examples from the web for companionway
  • The acrid smell of vomit filled his nostrils as he went down the companionway.
  • Several times, his eyes and ears seared by the cold, he dove down and through the companionway hatch to cut it free.
  • The forecastle companionway is immediately behind the foremast and leads below by means of a steep ladder.
  • companionway hatch covers should be checked regularly for faulty securing devices.
British Dictionary definitions for companionway


a stairway or ladder leading from one deck to another in a boat or ship
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