American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical A staircase leading from a deck to the cabins or area below.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The staircase at the entrance to a ship's cabin.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Naut.) a staircase leading to the cabin.
- n. a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship.
- n. a stairway or ladder that leads from one deck to another on a ship
- companion + way (Wiktionary)
- From companion, framed windows above a hatchway, companionway, probably alteration of obsolete Dutch kompanje, from Old French compagne, steward's cabin, storeroom, from Old Italian (camera della) compagna, (cabin for) provisions, pantry, from Vulgar Latin *compānia, things eaten with bread : Latin com-, com- + Latin pānis, bread; see companion1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Captain Glass met the first man springing up the companionway from the cabin, with a kick full in the face, but was overborne and trampled on by the rush.”
“My word, some whale," Daughtry said to Ah Moy, as they emerged from the cabin companionway and gazed at this latest wreckage.”
“He sniffed down the forecastle hatch, sniffed into the galley where two Chinese cooks jabbered unintelligibly to him, sniffed down the cabin companionway, sniffed down the engine-room skylight and for the first time knew gasoline and engine oil; but sniff as he would, wherever he ran, no scent did he catch of Skipper.”
“Once, polishing the brasswork on the hand-rails of the cabin companionway, Daughtry overheard the ancient one explaining his terrible scar and missing fingers to Grimshaw and the Armenian”
“I leave the wheel and run forward to the cabin companionway, where”
“The terrier fell down the cabin companionway and lamed its nigh hind leg, then repeated the manoeuvre and lamed its off fore leg.”
“We battened down the engine room hatch, and the sea rose to it and over it and climbed perilously near to the cabin companionway and skylight.”
“Between two gusts I leave the wheel and run forward to the cabin companionway, where I light matches and consult the barometer. "29-90" it reads.”
“I had been swept against the galley and around the steerage companionway from the weather side into the lee scuppers.”
“It was a difficult cast to make on a rolling ship, but the sharp point of the spike, whistling seventy-five feet through the air, barely missed Wolf Larsen's head as he emerged from the cabin companionway and drove its length two inches and over into the solid deck-planking.”
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