ship·​fit·​ter | \ ˈship-ˌfi-tər How to pronounce shipfitter (audio) \

Definition of shipfitter

1 : one that fits together the structural members of ships and puts them into position for riveting or welding
2 : a naval enlisted man who works in sheet metal and performs the work of a plumber aboard ship

Examples of shipfitter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Levi Benner, a shipfitter, said there are hard feelings because management routinely rejects workers’ ideas for improvements. David Sharp,, "Maine shipbuilders approve 3-year pact, ending monthslong strike," 23 Aug. 2020 Then, again, electricians, machinists, shipfitters, pipefitters. Washington Post, "Full interview transcript: State Sen. Frank Wagner," 1 June 2017 After 25 years as a boilermaker, shipfitter and welder, photographer Joseph Blum knows his way around construction sites. Rebecca Horne, WIRED, "Constructing the World’s Largest Self-Anchored Suspension Bridge," 24 July 2013

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First Known Use of shipfitter

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shipfitter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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