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marine railway

noun
1.
a railway having a rolling cradle for hauling ships out of water onto land and returning them.
Also called slipway; British, patent slip.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25, Americanism
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  • Removes obstructions from marine railway or launching ways with pneumatic and power hand tools.
  • The dry dock rolls down a marine railway that extends into and is submerged under the harbor.
  • The new lifeboat was too large to fit on the marine railway and had to remain moored in the water.
British Dictionary definitions for marine railway

marine railway

noun
1.
another term for slipway (sense 2)
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