from The Century Dictionary.
- In ship-building, a substantial foundation of wood or stone for the blocks on which a vessel is built.
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Yet this stupendous ark, or citadel -- so simple was its plan -- would be turned out in less time than a second-class cruiser; and its cost, apart from yard-modifications and groundways, small in proportion.
a champagne-bottle with ribbons in the christener's hand; and the consciousness of the moment come moved the hosts when Hogarth, even as he chatted, disengaged a flag, and let it fall: it was a signal; down it fluttered; and instantly, down there, bustle broke loose, as the call "Saw-off!" went forth, and the saws set flurriedly to fret through the timbers which bind groundways to slidingways.