freighter

noun

freight·​er ˈfrā-tər How to pronounce freighter (audio)
1
: one that loads or charters and loads a ship
2
3
: a ship or airplane used chiefly to carry freight

Examples of freighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reuters reported that Boeing 767 freighter is one of the most common cargo planes. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 One of the most famous modern Great Lakes shipwrecks is the Edmund Fitzgerald, a freighter that also sank in Lake Superior in 1975 during a terrible gale. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2024 In the midst of all that, a train crew was piloting a massive freighter between Waverly and Lincoln, Nebraska. Owen Bellwood / Jalopnik, Quartz, 30 Apr. 2024 Experts say that the death toll was greatly minimized by the two Maryland Transportation Authority police officers who stopped traffic moments before the freighter hit. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 28 Mar. 2024 The desperate effort had been ongoing since the collapse of the bridge about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday after being struck by a freighter. Justine McDaniel, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 In May 1980, the M/V Summit Venture freighter struck a support beam on the Skyway Bridge causing a major collapse that left 35 people dead. Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 27 Mar. 2024 After the ship’s radar was knocked out, the 609-foot freighter hit a support of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, causing a 1,400-foot section of concrete roadway to fall. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 28 Mar. 2024 Sidney Lanier Bridge An 11,000-ton freighter called the African Neptune crashed into a drawbridge over the Brunswick River in coastal southeast Georgia, destroying a 450-foot section of the bridge. Aaron Gregg, Washington Post, 26 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of freighter was in 1622

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“Freighter.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freighter. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

freighter

noun
freight·​er ˈfrāt-ər How to pronounce freighter (audio)
1
: a person who carries or ships freight
2
: a ship or airplane used chiefly to carry freight
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