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 shipbuilder (audio) \ noun

Examples of shipbuilder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri based the design on the Italian FREMM-class frigates and heavily modified it to use American sensors and weapons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Hopes Its New Frigates Will Snap a Mediocre Ship Streak," 14 Jan. 2021 Bollinger, 71, said he was inspired to buy because of the spectacular views of the city and the Mississippi River, which will include a view of the large Bollinger signage at the shipbuilder's berths in Algiers on the west bank. Tyler Bridges,, "One of Louisiana's richest men buys a Four Seasons penthouse in record New Orleans condo deal," 15 Jan. 2021 According to shipbuilder and Navy documents, the majority of skilled workers at the three primary submarine shipyards have less than five years experience and the majority of supervisors have less than five years experience. Anthony Capaccio,, "Next-Generation U.S. Nuclear Sub Facing Cost Overruns, Delays," 23 Dec. 2020 The son of an American Army commander during the War of 1812, Auld became a prominent local shipbuilder and pious Christian. Daryl Austin, History & Culture, "'This is not a lesson in forgiveness.' Why Frederick Douglass met with his former enslaver.," 2 Dec. 2020 The shipbuilder, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, contended during the strike that changes were necessary after falling six months to a year behind on construction of Navy destroyers. David Sharp, Star Tribune, "Shipyard, union are getting back on same page after strike," 14 Nov. 2020 The order, placed with shipbuilder General Dynamics Electric Boat, puts the Columbia on track for its first nuclear deterrence patrol in 2031. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy's New Missile Subs Carry a Devastating Nuclear Payload," 11 Nov. 2020 As a result, the hundreds of thousands of dollars given by former shipbuilder Boysie Bollinger and 2019 gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone to the Republican Party are not included in the Louisiana figures. Tyler Bridges,, "Louisiana has given much more to Donald Trump's campaign than in 2016; these are the top donors," 25 Oct. 2020 That’s the new property the shipbuilder recently purchased on the west bank of the Mobile River, across (and downstream) from its established yard. al, "Austal USA head describes plans for waterfront expansion," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2021

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“Shipbuilder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shipbuilder

: a person or company that designs and builds ships

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