ship·​build·​er | \ ˈship-ˌbil-dər How to pronounce shipbuilder (audio) \

Definition of shipbuilder

: one who designs or constructs ships

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shipbuilding \ ˈship-​ˌbil-​diŋ How to pronounce shipbuilding (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Born in Maine to Irish immigrants, Meaher and several of his siblings had moved to Alabama and amassed fortunes as shipbuilders, riverboat captains, and lumber magnates. National Geographic, "," 16 Jan. 2020 After that it’s shipbuilder’s trials, with contractors taking the ship to sea to test major equipment. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Say Hello To America’s Newest Aircraft Carrier, the USS John F. Kennedy," 10 Dec. 2019 Tower was a shipbuilder and fisherman, and Stoddard was a shipwright., "Colonial re-enactors and local officials gathered at Cohasset Central Cemetery Monday morning to place commemorative markers at the graves of two Revolutionary War patriots who participated in the Boston Tea Party.," 5 Nov. 2019 If approved, the merger of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. (CSIC) and China State Shipbuilding Corp. (CSSC), announced in stock filings late Monday, would create the world’s second-largest shipbuilder. Trefor Moss, WSJ, "China to Weld Its Biggest Shipbuilders Into Single State-Run Giant," 2 July 2019 Chinese steel mills, solar panel manufacturers, electric battery developers, shipbuilders and oil producers all benefit from a vast web of government support. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Initial U.S.-China trade deal has major hole: Beijing’s massive business subsidies," 31 Dec. 2019 The shipbuilders are already well along with the John Lewis. Steve Rubenstein,, "Shipbuilders begin work on the Navy vessel named for Harvey Milk," 20 Dec. 2019 For General Dynamics and Huntington Ingalls, the award locks in a blistering production rate that has already stretched the shipbuilders past their limits. Washington Post, "Navy to pay $22 billion for nine nuclear-powered submarines," 3 Dec. 2019 But the wrecks may help fill in some details about exactly why Vasa sank and how shipbuilders modified their designs in response to the disaster. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "400-year-old warships in Swedish channel may be sisters of doomed Vasa," 20 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of shipbuilder

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shipbuilder was circa 1700

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19 Feb 2020

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“Shipbuilder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shipbuilder

: a person or company that designs and builds ships

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