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gather way

Definition of gather way in English:

(Of a ship) begin to move.
Example sentences
  • It bellied in the wind, and the dark wave hissed loud at the keel, as she gathered way over the water.
  • Gradually the two battleships gathered way and proceeded to head down the river abreast of each other.
  • Shortly afterwards she began to move down the bank, bumped, gathered way and then bumped very heavily.
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