variants or less commonly containership
: a ship specially designed or equipped for carrying containerized cargo

Examples of container ship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapsed after it was hit by an enormous container ship called the Dali. Owen Bellwood / Jalopnik, Quartz, 8 Apr. 2024 Step 2: Float the 95,000-ton container ship Diagram, removing bridge sections from Dali deck. Leslie Shapiro, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 Pieces of the bridge still blocked off the Patapsco River, and partially submerged girders still flanked the huge container ship that smashed into the bridge on Tuesday. Scott Neuman, NPR, 31 Mar. 2024 The Coast Guard is focused on removing what’s left of the bridge and the container ship that struck it in order to clear the port’s shipping lanes, Rear Adm. Shannon Gilreath said. Lea Skene, Fortune, 30 Mar. 2024 Only six more cars went through that lane before the 984-foot container ship struck one of the bridge’s pillars at 1:29 a.m. Omar Jimenez, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Demolition crews cutting into first pieces of Baltimore bridge Crews will continue dismantling the Francis Scott Key Bridge on Monday as an enormous container ship remains trapped underneath the rubble. USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 Even as officials move swiftly to clear away Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed after being hit by a container ship, the United States is in the midst of an unprecedented push to upgrade its transportation networks. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2024 Federal officials are still in the early stages of their investigation into what caused a container ship to crash into the bridge. Suzanne Nuyen, NPR, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of container ship was in 1966

Dictionary Entries Near container ship

Cite this Entry

“Container ship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


con·​tain·​er·​ship kən-ˈtā-nər-ˌship How to pronounce containership (audio)
: a ship designed or equipped to carry very large containers of cargo
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