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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Periodically, the game starts to think my planetary base is inside a hallway on my freighter and puts an unusable objective marker there. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "With NEXT update, No Man’s Sky finally brings it all together," 6 Aug. 2018 An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's east coast, leaving the tanker's entire crew of 32 missing and causing it to spill oil into the sea, authorities said Sunday. Washington Post, "World Digest: Jan. 7, 2017," 7 Jan. 2017 After a few disorienting minutes of traveling through the wormhole, my ship materializes amid a cluster of other ships, mostly large-scale freighters. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: leaving the nest," 1 Aug. 2018 Amazon Fleet Amazon plans an initial fleet of 40 used 767 freighters for its Prime Air fleet, and has discussed ordering airplanes with Boeing in the past., "Airbus Weighs New A330 Cargo Model, Spurred by Amazon," 19 Mar. 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce freighter (audio) \

Kids Definition of freighter

: a ship or airplane used to carry freight

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