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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Battered by losses in the aerospace and shipbuilding industries in the early 1990s, the area has rebounded considerably.
▪ How much smaller is the Clydeside shipbuilding industry now, than it was in the period 191-19?
▪ Daewoo, which had interests in automaking, shipbuilding, textiles, electronics and other goods, is on the block.
▪ He pioneered mild-steel shipbuilding in 1878, constructing the first ocean-going steel ship Rotomahana.
▪ Most of the shipbuilding companies are small.
▪ Other writers have concluded differently, especially with reference to engineering, building, shipbuilding, and printing.
▪ Steel and shipbuilding have been replaced by low energy industries - electronics, microprocessors, information technology and various service industries.
▪ They are themselves prominent actors in the rationalization of a number of industries in crisis, notably steel and shipbuilding.
▪ With their long history of shipbuilding Brooke Marine certainly knew how to organise these occasions.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Shipbuilding \Ship"build`ing\, n. Naval architecturel the art of constructing ships and other vessels.


n. 1 (context uncountable English) The construction of ships. 2 A construction of a ship.


n. the construction of ships


Shipbuilding is the construction of ships and other floating vessels. It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, also called shipwrights, follow a specialized occupation that traces its roots to before recorded history.

Shipbuilding and ship repairs, both commercial and military, are referred to as " naval engineering". The construction of boats is a similar activity called boat building.

The dismantling of ships is called ship breaking.

Shipbuilding (song)

"Shipbuilding" is a song written by Elvis Costello ( lyrics) and Clive Langer (music). Written during the Falklands War of 1982, Costello's lyrics discuss the contradiction of the war bringing back prosperity to the traditional shipbuilding areas of Clydeside ( Yarrow Shipbuilders), Merseyside ( Cammell Laird), North East England ( Swan Hunter) and Belfast ( Harland and Wolff) to build new ships to replace those being sunk in the war, whilst also sending off the sons of these areas to fight and, potentially, lose their lives in those same ships. The best known version of the song is the version recorded and released as a single by English singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt in August 1982 a few months after the Falklands War, although it was not a hit until it was re-released eight months later on the first anniversary of the conflict.

In September 2013, Elvis Costello and the Roots released an answer song written in the perspective of the other side of the conflict, called "Cinco Minutos con Vos" ("Five Minutes with You"). The song is a duet partly sung in Argentinian Spanish by La Marisoul.

Shipbuilding (album)

Shipbuilding is a mini album recorded by Tasmin Archer. Archer decided to follow up her successful 1992 debut Great Expectations with an EP of four covers of songs written by Elvis Costello, which was released in January 1994 in the singer's homeland of the UK and peaked at #40 there. The title track served as the lead track.

SBK Records, Archer's label in North America, decided to release the EP as a full album instead, and to fill the space they also included four tracks from Archer's debut album in live form, including an acoustic version of Archer's UK #1 hit Sleeping Satellite.

The album was released on March 8 1994, but failed to chart in the USA. It achieved good reviews however, especially for the Costello covers.

Usage examples of "shipbuilding".

Okay, he seemed knowledgeable about shipbuilding, but did he have to keep up the pretense of being a Viking?

With an arm still wrapped around her shoulders, he hugged her closer and kissed the top of her head, then walked her toward the shipbuilding area.

I never envisioned that the project would encompass so much more than just the shipbuilding and voyage.

Their Golden Sixty Five had been a successful design, they were pleased and proud to say, and their standard of shipbuilding was respected the world over.

So in addition to a reputation for fine shipbuilding and an impregnable canyon locale, Moulokin also enjoyed this additional important resource.

He was able to talk some backers into putting up the capital for a chain of motels in the South, parleyed the money from that into a shipbuilding yard, branched out into importing fruit from South America in his own ships, opened some processing and packaging plants, and he was on his way.

There developed a variety of crafts in the cities, like shipbuilding and tanning, and traditional production in the surrounding areas, especially of wine, olive oil, salt and fish, both fresh and salted.

Important results were also achieved in shipbuilding and the oil, pharmaceutical, chemical and metal industries.

The Croatian shipbuilding industry, at one time third in volume in the world, began to decline.

You will find, if you make enquiries, that not only are the Press excluded to-day from the shipbuilding yards in question, but the work-people are living almost in barracks.

Your army has never been so small or your shipbuilding programme more curtailed.

Any agreement for settling our differences and introducing a new spirit into the relations of the two nations would be bones without flesh if Germany began by fresh shipbuilding, and so forced us to do twice as much.

I had found, and leave the difficulties about shipbuilding and indeed all other matters to their judgment.

I pressed on him how important it was for public opinion and the peace of the world that Germany should not force us into a shipbuilding competition with her, a competition in which it was certain that we should have to spare no effort to preserve our margin of safety by greater increases.

They betrayed the varied concepts of shipbuilding of at least ten races.