freighter

noun
freight·​er | \ ˈfrā-tər How to pronounce freighter (audio) \

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 airport funnels more freight by volume than any other airport, and while air freighters were able to take off last night, a lot of cargo is typically carried on passenger planes, according to the Guardian. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Photos: Hong Kong protesters took over the city’s airport," 13 Aug. 2019 Norfolk Southern has pledged to keep its railroad bridge over the mouth of the Cuyahoga River in the up position, allowing cruise ships, freighters, pleasure craft and more to cross more freely to Lake Erie -- at least on the weekend. Laura Johnston, cleveland.com, "Norfolk Southern railroad bridge defaults to up position over Cuyahoga River," 23 July 2019 Air cargo shipments — considered a leading economic indicator — fell 4.7% in April, continuing a slump that began in January and could dent demand for air freighters. Washington Post, "Grounding of Boeing plane hovers over big air show in Paris," 14 June 2019 Air cargo shipments — considered a leading economic indicator — fell 4.7% in April, continuing a slump that began in January and could dent demand for air freighters. David Koenig, chicagotribune.com, "Grounding of Boeing 737 Max hovers over big air show in Paris," 14 June 2019 Atlas Air and Air Transport operated a combined 40 air freighters for Amazon at the end of 2018, with agreements to add more over the next two years. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "FedEx decides not to renew Amazon’s U.S. air-delivery contract," 7 June 2019 A week later, he was rescued by a passing freighter about 115 miles off Martha’s Vineyard. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Nathan Carman says his mother was ‘kind of the problem’ as boat was sinking," 23 Aug. 2019 The tiny bivalves, which take their name from the dark, zebra-like stripes on each shell, most likely arrived in the South on freighters that set sail from Eastern Europe. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "What are Zebra Mussels?," 23 Aug. 2019 Less ice means more shipments in that window of opportunity, said Glenn Nekvasil, vice president of the Lake Carriers Association, a trade group representing U.S. freighters operating on the Great Lakes. Keith Matheny, USA TODAY, "Cold snap has Great Lakes icing up fast, grinding freighters to a halt," 29 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of freighter

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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freighter

noun

English Language Learners Definition of freighter

: a large ship that is used to carry goods

freighter

noun
freight·​er | \ ˈfrā-tər How to pronounce freighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of freighter

: a ship or airplane used to carry freight

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