a railway having a rolling cradle for hauling ships out of water onto land and returning them.
another term for slipway (sense 2)
- Patent troll
noun a company that purchases a patent, esp. from a bankrupt firm, and then sues another company claiming that one of its products infringes on the purchased patent Word Origin 1993 Usage Note derogatory; also patent trolling , (n.)
[pey-ter; also for 2, 3 pat-er] /ˈpeɪ tər; also for 2, 3 ˈpæt ər/ noun 1. British Informal. . 2. (often initial capital letter) the paternoster; Lord’s Prayer. 3. a recitation of it. [pey-ter] /ˈpeɪ tər/ noun 1. Walter Horatio, 1839–94, English critic, essayist, and novelist. [pah-ter pah-tree-ahy; English pey-ter pey-tree-ee, pat-er pa-tree-ee] /ˈpɑ tɛr […]
noun a shallow saucer- or dish-like feature on the surface of a planet Word Origin patterned on artifact patera
[puh-tur-nl] /pəˈtɜr nl/ adjective 1. characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly: a kind and paternal reprimand. 2. of or relating to a father. 3. related on the father’s side: one’s paternal grandfather. 4. derived or inherited from a father: paternal traits. /pəˈtɜːnəl/ adjective 1. relating to or characteristic of a father, esp in showing […]