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.
- 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).
- 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".
- 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).
- Way (disambiguation)
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