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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Similar bailout packages have been arranged over the years for the shipbuilders. Costas Paris, WSJ, "South Korea Hands Another $5 Billion to Hyundai Merchant Marine," 10 Oct. 2018 Japan complained in November to the World Trade Organization about Seoul’s state funding of local shipbuilders. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Asia State Players Wield Subsidies to Dominate Shipping," 2 Dec. 2018 Second-quarter net profit at DSME, the world’s third-largest shipbuilder, slumped 80% from a year ago to $183 million, despite a raft of orders, mostly tankers, since the start of the year. Costas Paris, WSJ, "South Korean Shipbuilder, Container Carrier Hit Hard by Shipping Slump," 15 Aug. 2018 South Korea has been pumping billions into its large maritime sector to keep alive the distressed shipping operators and shipbuilders that are pillars of Seoul’s export-focused economy. Costas Paris, WSJ, "Asia State Players Wield Subsidies to Dominate Shipping," 2 Dec. 2018 The bulk of his book is taken up with recounting the competition among shipbuilders to construct vessels that would sail more quickly than ever before and yet remain durable enough to traverse the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Barons of the Sea’ Review: Rigging the Market," 19 July 2018 The shipbuilder, Navantia, immediately suspended construction of the subs and called in U.S. submarine builder Electric Boat to solve the buoyancy issue. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Spain’s Newest Submarine is Too Big For Port," 19 July 2018 According to the Associated Press, the shipbuilder, Bath Irons Works, had to custom build a rail system to remove the engine and replace it with a new one. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Stealth Destroyer Gets a 15-Ton Engine Transplant," 5 Sep. 2018 In addition, Case 3000, which relates to alleged corruption surrounding the purchase of naval vessels and submarines from a German shipbuilder, has been circling closer to Netanyahu. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Aide suspected of trying to bribe judge in investigation of Netanyahu’s wife," 20 Feb. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of shipbuilder

: a person or company that designs and builds ships

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