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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Examples of shipload in a Sentence

Shiploads of settlers came to the New World. it must have taken a shipload of money to build that mansion
Recent Examples on the Web Today’s holiday gifts — from princess palaces to water guns — entered the country by the shipload without the usual security checks from mid-March to September, including months that were inspectors’ busiest last year, USA TODAY found. Brett Murphy, USA TODAY, "Congress seeks to protect kids from deadly toys after USA TODAY investigative report," 22 Dec. 2020 The federal safety inspectors who protect kids from dangerous and deadly toys were not standing guard for nearly six months while this year’s holiday gifts entered the U.S. by the shipload. Brett Murphy, USA TODAY, "Leaked reports: Feds pulled toy police from ports, safety checks plunged in COVID-19," 11 Dec. 2020 The recycling industry has been reeling after China and other overseas markets, which used to buy America’s plastic trash by the shipload, halted shipments in recent years. Dustin Gardiner,, "Plastic waste cuts probably headed to California ballot as advocates give up on Legislature," 12 Sep. 2020 The British Royal Navy did something where an entire shipload of [people] sang each part of the song. Alex Suskind,, "Mariah Carey on the 'once-in-a-lifetime,' 25-year success of 'All I Want for Christmas Is You'," 16 Dec. 2019 Winning’s vessels ferry about 200 shiploads a year to Chinese ports. The Economist, "SMB Winning pays $15bn for rights to Guinea’s iron mountain," 7 Dec. 2019 All that’s really going on here is a shipload of jump scares, which are adequately handled if never remotely inspired. Dennis Harvey,, "‘Countdown’ review: Horror movie about app that tells you when you will die is all annoying jump scares. What’s the thrill in that?," 25 Oct. 2019 Uniper, which has an agreement to take L.N.G. from a facility in Freeport, Tex.., said that the shiploads of fuel traded by the company more than tripled from 2017 to 2018, from 40 to 135. New York Times, "Pushed by Security Concerns and Trump, Germany Weighs a New Fuel," 7 Oct. 2019 In between, Lyons said, the tariffs were adding $4 million to $6 million to the cost of every shipload arriving from Mexico. al, "Demand for steel driving big year for state docks," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of shipload

1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shipload.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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: an amount or number that will fill a ship

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