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

Definition of freighter

1 : one that loads or charters and loads a ship
3 : a ship or airplane used chiefly to carry freight

Examples of freighter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More and more, fact-checkers seem to be trying to bail out an ancient, rusty and sinking freighter with the energetic use of measuring cups and thimbles. Washington Post, "Fact-checking Trump’s lies is essential. It’s also increasingly fruitless.," 29 Aug. 2020 Were Ditton to need an emergency rescue, Rosenfeld would call the U.S. Coast Guard in Honolulu, who would then home in on her location via GPS and coordinate a pickup with a passing ship — most likely a freighter. Gregory Thomas,, "‘I wake up, I row’: Inside Lia Ditton’s grueling bid to row to Hawaii," 15 Aug. 2020 The New York Times reports that the ammonium nitrate had been sitting in the port forsix years after it was impounded from a jalopy Russian freighter that its owner abandoned. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Can Lebanon be saved?," 6 Aug. 2020 All told, Boeing has recorded $4.2 billion in accounting charges for the 747-8, which has been kept alive as a freighter. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing quietly pulls plug on the 747, closing era of jumbo jets," 3 July 2020 Boeing, meanwhile, had been preparing for years to wind down the 747 program, and its sales team has been sounding out customer interest in a potential freighter version of the 777X. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing quietly pulls plug on the 747, closing era of jumbo jets," 3 July 2020 Businesses around the world have been rushing to book space on the available air freighters so as to quickly refill supply chains that usually rely on ships. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "To Slow Virus, China Bars Entry by Almost All Foreigners," 26 Mar. 2020 As their name implies, the freighters had curved hulls and, when fully laden, resembled a whale sailing the Great Lakes. Vince Guerrieri, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Hulett Unloader Is One of History's Greatest Forgotten Machines," 3 Mar. 2020 The Safety Task Force is a collection of business, government and nonprofit representatives who aim to avoid accidents, injuries and deaths on a river, where 12-foot paddleboards coexist with 700-foot freighters. Laura Johnston,, "After kayaker death, Cuyahoga River Safety Task Force talks safety measures," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of freighter

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Sep 2020

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“Freighter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of freighter

: a large ship that is used to carry goods


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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