container ship

\ kən-ˈtā-nər-ˌship How to pronounce container ship (audio) \
variants: or less commonly containership

Definition of container ship

: a ship specially designed or equipped for carrying containerized cargo

Examples of container ship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Benton had spent the day escorting container ships bearing supplies for New York—from the Narrows between Brooklyn and Staten Island, around Bergen Point to Port Elizabeth and back. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 Einhorn is relishing the day when masks stop arriving on super-pricey flights like VIPs, and disembark again, cheap as before, from container ships traveling from sundry corners of the globe. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Inside the surreal ‘Mask Economy’: Price-gouging, bidding wars, and armed guards," 14 Apr. 2020 Goods are piling up at some ports, while elsewhere container ships sail empty. Ana Swanson, New York Times, "Global Trade Sputters, Leaving Too Much Here, Too Little There," 10 Apr. 2020 The expansion, Phase 3 of a larger development plan for the container terminal, cost $50 million included a 400-foot dock extension that allows APM Terminals to handle two major container ships simultaneously. al, "John Driscoll to succeed port director Jimmy Lyons," 7 Apr. 2020 According to the port’s website, two large container ships -- TOTE’s North Star and the Matson Tacoma -- will arrive there Sunday. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "USNS Bob Hope in Anchorage to unload military supplies," 20 Mar. 2020 Later this year, the world’s largest all-electric container ship is expected to take its maiden voyage, setting sail from a port in Norway and traveling down the Scandanavian coast. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery," 19 Mar. 2020 The volume of Copan swabs arriving in the U.S. has been increasing, according to data from Import Genius, which tracks container ships arriving in American ports. Lauren Weber And Christina Jewett, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus test swabs aren't your standard Q-tips, and they're running out as testing ramps up," 18 Mar. 2020 Indeed, the 15 largest container ships alone emit more nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide pollutants than all the world’s cars combined. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Want Electric Ships? Build A Better Battery," 19 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of container ship

1966, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2020

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“Container ship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of container ship

: a large ship made to carry cargo containers

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