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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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British Dictionary definitions for marine rail way

marine railway

noun
1.
another term for slipway (sense 2)
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