com·pan·ion·way | \kəm-ˈpan-yən-ˌwā \

Definition of companionway 

: a ship's stairway from one deck to another

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Scores of men caught in the intricate maze of compartments and companionways belowdecks are trapped and die, many of them needlessly. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 22 Jan. 2018 George grabs his shoulder — The Shivering Soldier smashes his elbow into George’s face, sending him flying backwards down the companionway — Peter pulls the Shivering Soldier away from the wheel. Christopher Nolan, New York Times, "Could One of These Four Screenplays Win the Oscar?," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of companionway

1742, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for companionway

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English Language Learners Definition of companionway

: a stairway on a ship that connects one deck to another

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