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

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 What's certain is that the chairman, then 49, escaped in one of the last lifeboats, leaving behind a shipload of passengers, his butler, his secretary and his reputation. People Staff,, 15 Apr. 2022 The choice of October 9 as the official holiday had nothing to with the son of Erik the Red himself and everything to do with October 9 being the date when the first shipload of Norwegian immigrants arrived in the United States in 1825. Arthur Herman, National Review, 9 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 12 Sep. 2020 The British Royal Navy did something where an entire shipload of [people] sang each part of the song. Alex Suskind,, 16 Dec. 2019 Winning’s vessels ferry about 200 shiploads a year to Chinese ports. The Economist, 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,, 25 Oct. 2019 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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