freight·er | \ˈfrā-tər \

Definition of freighter 

1 : one that loads or charters and loads a ship

2 : shipper

3 : a ship or airplane used chiefly to carry freight

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Ballast water, which is used to balance freighters on open seas, is such a problem because it is often contaminated with species from around the globe that can launch new invasions when the water is discharged at a U.S. port in exchange for cargo. Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conservation groups sound alarm on Senate vote to exempt Great Lakes ship ballasts from Clean Water Act," 17 Apr. 2018 There’s a risk of Boeing cannibalizing its sales of new freighters, but the company says first-quarter sales of those new jets were more than double the total for the whole of last year. Alan Murray, Fortune, "More Tariffs, Apple AI, Sorrell Probe: CEO Daily for April 4, 2018," 4 Apr. 2018 The shipyards in Nantes stopped loading and unloading freighters, and work in much of the car manufacturing and aeronautics industries also ceased. Alissa J. Rubin, New York Times, "May 1968: A Month of Revolution Pushed France Into the Modern World," 5 May 2018 The two companies have collaborated on projects for decades and have been in talks since last year on a partnership for planes with 70 to more than 450 seats and for freighters. New York Times, "Boeing Takes On Bombardier and Airbus With Embraer Deal," 5 July 2018 Offering revamped versions of the 777-200ERs would expand Boeing’s catalog of freighters but risk cannibalizing sales of factory-fresh jets at more than double the price., "Boeing Considers Turning Used 777s Into Cargo Planes," 4 Apr. 2018 Hardegen was given command of U-123, and on Jan. 12, 1942, about three weeks after departing from the German base in France, his submarine sank the British freighter Cyclops near Nova Scotia, killing 99 crew members. Washington Post,, "Reinhard Hardegen, U-boat commander who menaced American shores, dies at 105," 19 June 2018 Eight different commercial variants have been built including the still-in-production 747-8F freighter version. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "Why the 747 Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Jan. 2018 Nathan Carman was rescued days later by a passing freighter off the coast of Martha's Vineyard after being found floating in an emergency raft. Dave Altimari,, "Engine Fire on Nathan Carman's Boat Led to Coast Guard Rescue Five Months Before It Sank," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of freighter

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of freighter

: a large ship that is used to carry goods


freight·er | \ˈfrā-tər \

Kids Definition of freighter

: a ship or airplane used to carry freight

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