ship·​ment | \ ˈship-mənt How to pronounce shipment (audio) \

Definition of shipment

1 : the act or process of shipping
2 : the goods shipped

Examples of shipment in a Sentence

We sent out another shipment of books. My order was delivered in two shipments. This box is ready for shipment.
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Ten percent of each shipment of freight is sent to the appraisers’ stores for examination, and, as the boxes or packages are chosen at random, there apparently is not much chance for the smuggler to escape detection. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Rewind: What Guarding Uncle Sam's Borders Was Like in 1925," 11 Feb. 2019 In one instance, a shipment of a harmful fungus was lost — and, according to the FBI, destroyed — in transit. R. Daniel Bressler, Vox, "“Designer bugs”: how the next pandemic might come from a lab," 6 Dec. 2018 Commenting on the Israeli strikes in Latakia late Monday, Nasrallah denied the target was a shipment of weapons heading to Hezbollah. Fox News, "With a calmer Syria, Hezbollah may reduce its fighters there," 19 Sep. 2018 In 1953, a Swanson employee accidentally ordered a colossal shipment of Thanksgiving turkeys (260 tons, to be exact). Taylor Murphy, Good Housekeeping, "19 Fascinating Things You Never Knew About Thanksgiving," 14 Aug. 2018 Trump’s leadership has been tested first by the shipment of more than a dozen pipe bombs to high-profile Democratic and media targets of the president, and then by the anti-Semitic mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue. Josh Dawsey, The Seattle Times, "Trump, aides struggle to balance midterm politics with empathy after synagogue massacre," 30 Oct. 2018 The International Civil Aviation Organization banned the shipment of batteries as cargo on passenger planes. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "No One is Fixing Flying's Fire Problem," 3 Aug. 2018 Weeks later, with the substitute substance in place, the package was forwarded to San Ysidro, where DEA and other federal agents waited to see who would pick up the shipment. Alex Riggins,, "Former San Diego-area Border Patrol agent admits to drug charge in federal court," 12 July 2018 Just last year, the first U.S. LNG shipment arrived in Poland. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Republicans can't agree on this climate deal brokered by Obama," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of shipment

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of shipment

: a load of goods that are being sent to a customer, store, etc.
: the act of sending something to a customer, store, etc.


ship·​ment | \ ˈship-mənt How to pronounce shipment (audio) \

Kids Definition of shipment

1 : the act of shipping The order is ready for shipment.
2 : a package or goods shipped

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