ship·​build·​er | \ ˈship-ˌbil-dər \

Definition of shipbuilder

: one who designs or constructs ships

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shipbuilding \ ˈship-​ˌbil-​diŋ \ noun

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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 Horizon was built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and just completed the voyage from Barcelona to New York City on May 23., "From fun to good deeds, Carnival has children in mind," 15 June 2018 Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the temporary ownership of the shipbuilder for the life of the contract would make BAE fully responsible for delivering the ships on budget and on time. Washington Post, "Australia awards UK’s BAE $26 billion navy frigate contract," 29 June 2018 How much more could American shipbuilders accomplish without restrictions such as the 1.5% limit hanging over their heads? Colin Grabow, WSJ, "The Jones Act Drives America’s Finest Into Exile," 29 Apr. 2018 Today’s weather Today in history The ferry Kalakala readies for its maiden voyage in 1935 with a trial run near Bremerton, with 500 guests onboard, including the shipbuilders. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "We go inside Amazon’s warehouse world, plus Kam Chancellor retires from the NFL | Monday Morning Brief, July 2," 2 July 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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to gather or build up little by little

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