ship·​build·​er ˈship-ˌbil-dər How to pronounce shipbuilder (audio)
: one who designs or constructs ships
shipbuilding noun

Examples of shipbuilder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Carnival Cruise Line has signed a deal with leading German shipbuilder Meyer Werft to build its fourth Excel class cruise ship, set to launch in spring 2027. Lewis Nunn, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Last July, the American Bureau of Shipping and Herbert Engineering Corp. issued the results of a study addressing shipbuilders’ concerns about nuclear reactors. IEEE Spectrum, 20 Jan. 2024 China’s shipbuilders now have the capacity to produce 23.2 million tons annually, while the U.S. can produce fewer than 100,000 tons. Robert C. O'Brien, National Review, 14 Dec. 2023 But the Charybdis' own development has run into trouble, setting off alarm bells for investors and shipbuilders considering whether to build the other really big boats needed to fulfill America's offshore wind dreams. David Uberti, WSJ, 14 Dec. 2023 The city prospered as the Navy and shipbuilders moved in after World War I. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Oct. 2023 Enter Email Sign Up The schooner - a type of sailing ship - was built in 1867 at Grand Island, N.Y., by shipbuilder William Keefe at a shipyard established specifically for its construction, according to a statement from the Wisconsin Historical Society, who detailed the find. Adela Suliman,, 2 Sep. 2023 In 2021, the team began reaching out to technology firms and shipbuilders, and doing feasibility studies, figuring out what technologies—a small nuclear reactor, perhaps, or maybe using more biofuels—might work. Time, 13 June 2023 Wong’s father was a naval officer who became a famous shipbuilder. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 22 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1700, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shipbuilder was circa 1700

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“Shipbuilder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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ship·​build·​er -ˌbil-dər How to pronounce shipbuilder (audio)
: one who designs or builds ships
shipbuilding noun

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