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Way (vessel)

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Way, (sometimes Weigh) in a nautical context of a ship or vessel, is a noun that refers to her speed or momentum. Some derived terms are making way, leeway, and right of way.

Examples[edit]

  • The Oxford English Dictionary, sense 14, has "She ran into the Nio before her way could be stopped." (Taken from an Admiralty report of a collision at sea).[1]
  • The Practice of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy has "On the other hand, we have seen several ships break their chains by having too much way upon them".[2]
  • From a mistaken association with "to weigh anchor", the noun is sometimes spelled 'weigh', per Oxford English Dictionary, sense 2 as in "She got under weigh with very little fuss" (R. H. Dana Two Years before the Mast xxiii. 236).[3]

See also[edit]

  • Way (disambiguation)

Notes[edit]

  1. Oxford English Dictionary, "way" sense 14[full citation needed]
  2. Bergen, William Cully (1872). Practice of Navigation and Nautical Astronomy. Oxford University Press. p. 338. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Oxford English Dictionary, "weigh" sense 2[full citation needed]



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