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ladder +‎ way


ladderway (plural ladderways)

  1. The shaft or passage enclosing a ladder.
    • 1805, David Steel, The shipwright's vade-mecum (page 208)
      Having spaced the beams of the upper deck according to the disposition of the beams below, the ladderways should be so contrived, that in ships of war there should be one next abaft the fore hatchway, which is a single ladderway []
    • 2012, Richard Marcinko, ‎John Weisman, Detachment Bravo (page 363)
      Digger lunged past me, his shotgun arm extended down the ladderway. One-handed, he fired twice blindly. The shotgun blasts were answered by a scream.