slipway

slipway

[slip-wey]
noun Nautical.
1.
(in a shipyard) the area sloping toward the water, on which the ways are located.
3.
a ramp on a factory ship for hauling aboard carcasses of whales for processing.

Origin:
1830–40; slip1 + way1

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slipway (ˈslɪpˌweɪ)
 
n
1.  the sloping area in a shipyard, containing the ways
2.  Also called: marine railway the ways on which a vessel is launched
3.  the ramp of a whaling factory ship
4.  a pillowcase; pillowslip

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