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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The description of the freighters comes from photos of the HMT Somali, HMT Tydeus and HMT Nagoya docked at Bakharitza, Russia, on Sept. 6, 1918, taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018 So far, simple fixes like saving and reloading or warping the freighter to a new system has set things right. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "With NEXT update, No Man’s Sky finally brings it all together," 6 Aug. 2018 Elsewhere, a projector showed gory silent footage of the 1960 La Coubre disaster, when two explosions destroyed a French freighter in Havana Harbor, killing some 100 dock workers and rescuers. Tony Perrottet, WSJ, "A Weirdly Fascinating Cold-War Tour of Havana," 20 Nov. 2018 Navagio is one of the best beaches in Greece, and draws its nickname—Shipwreck Beach—from a freighter that ran aground there in 1980, was abandoned, and still rests in the beach’s white sands today. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Landslide Injures Tourists at Greece's Famous 'Shipwreck' Beach," 14 Sep. 2018 Base-building is now introduced in the first hour or so, and resource-gathering freighters in hour six or seven. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Sean Murray breaks his silence on No Man’s Sky’s development, launch," 20 July 2018 Kim Kwang-ho, 79, was among some 14,000 refugees who were ferried to South Korea by the American freighter SS Meredith Victory in December 1950 in one of the world's largest humanitarian operations. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "'Dream or reality?' Koreans to meet after decades apart," 18 Aug. 2018 Later, scenes behind shot on a railroad bridge near Buffalo St. and Plankinton Ave. was interrupted when a coal freighter on the Milwaukee River blared its horn for the bridge to be raised. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "When Hollywood went looking for old Chicago and found it (sort of) in Milwaukee," 19 June 2018 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

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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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