ship·​load | \ ˈship-ˈlōd How to pronounce shipload (audio) , -ˌlōd\

Definition of shipload

1 : as much or as many as will fill or load a ship
2 : an indefinitely large amount or number

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Shiploads of settlers came to the New World. it must have taken a shipload of money to build that mansion

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For British and American traders, however, the profits to be made by smuggling far outweighed any moral considerations; a single shipload of opium was worth tens of millions of dollars in today’s currency. Randall Fuller, WSJ, "‘Barons of the Sea’ Review: Rigging the Market," 19 July 2018 In July 1948, the first of hundreds of shiploads of American goods were docking in Europe under the Marshall Plan. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "US-Europe ties and the audacity of July 1948," 9 July 2018 In America the prices of many goods would jump and those of others, like the soyabeans exported to China by the shipload, would plummet. The Economist, "Sino-American interdependence has been a force for geopolitical stability," 23 June 2018 Low-tech goods that China sells by the shipload would be mostly untouched. The Economist, "A threatened trade war between China and America may be on hold," 24 May 2018 Agricultural economist John Bobbe, head of Organic Farmers Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM) in Minnesota, recounted for farmers last year's Washington Post story about a counterfeit organic shipload of soybeans from Turkey. Debbi Snook,, "OEFFA's sustainable agriculture conference draws growing crowd (photos, video)," 17 Feb. 2018 Failures found in the USDA's certification extend to corn and other bulk products, as The Washington Post reported in May regarding a shipload of conventional soybeans sold as organic for a $4 million windfall. Syndicated Columns,, "The dirt on 'organic' food: you may be paying for fakes," 26 Dec. 2017 When North Korean coal exports were forbidden, some shiploads were channeled through Russia to hide their origin. Tim Sullivan, The Seattle Times, "Rough times for smugglers who knitted N Korea to the world," 23 Dec. 2017 About 15 years ago, a shipload of scud missiles from North Korea heading to Yemen was captured. Chicago Tribune,, "Speak Out: Columbus did not come over on the Mayflower," 15 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of shipload

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shipload was in 1639

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English Language Learners Definition of shipload

: an amount or number that will fill a ship

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