ship·​yard | \ ˈship-ˌyärd How to pronounce shipyard (audio) \

Definition of shipyard

: a yard, place, or enclosure where ships are built or repaired

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Built in the naval shipyards of San Francisco, the USS Abner Read joined the Pacific Fleet and was sent to participate in the Aleutians campaign. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Navy Wreckage from WWII Discovered Off Coast of Alaska," 17 Aug. 2018 Seven decades ago, Dogtown was settled by blacks who migrated from the South to work in Oakland’s shipyards during World War II. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "In Oakland, this is gentrification when it knocks on your door," 19 Apr. 2018 Mozambique’s then-President Armando Guebuza, center, shook hands with France’s then-President Francois Hollande at a shipyard in Cherbourg, France, in 2013, as Iskandar Safa, holding a boat cutout, looked on. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Mozambique Corruption Probe Marks New U.S. Approach," 15 Jan. 2019 South Dakota’s keel was laid down in April 2016 at the General Dynamic Electric Boat shipyards in Groton, Connecticut. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Come Take a Tour of America's Newest Nuclear Submarine," 7 Jan. 2019 The aircraft carrier, as yet unnamed, left its berth at a shipyard in the northeastern port of Dalian after a blow of its horn and a display of fireworks, according to reports in state news media. Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "China Launches Its First Domestically Made Aircraft Carrier," 13 May 2018 Up to 700 shipyard workers at a time were assigned to repair the ship. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Militant Killed in U.S. Airstrike Was Wanted for USS Cole Bombing," 4 Jan. 2019 Back in Massachusetts, a new Essex-class carrier was being built at the same shipyard that the Lexington came from. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Wreck of Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Lexington Found 76 Years After It Was Scuttled in Battle," 7 Mar. 2018 The submarine was sidelined for several years and is finally set to enter a private shipyard in January 2019. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Navy Sub Repair Backlog Cost the Service $1.5 Billion, Five Years of Sailing Time," 20 Nov. 2018

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1647, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of shipyard

: a place where ships are built or repaired


ship·​yard | \ ˈship-ˌyärd How to pronounce shipyard (audio) \

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: a place where ships are built or repaired

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