ship·ment | \ˈship-mənt \

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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These figures reflect record label shipments, as opposed to retail sales. Charles Stockdale, USA TODAY, "The most popular song from the year you were born," 9 July 2018 The measure would close a loophole that drug traffickers exploit: While private shippers like FedEx and UPS are required to obtain advance electronic information on most shipments, the Postal Service is not. Matthew Garcia, Washington Post, "What A U.S.-China Trade War Could Mean For The Opioid Epidemic," 9 July 2018 The government has set up a taskforce to speed up deliveries of supplies and other support for evacuation centers and residents in the region, but disrupted roads and other ground transportation have delayed shipment, raising concerns of shortages. Fox News, "Rescuers look through mud for Japan flood victims; 122 dead," 9 July 2018 When the shipment, affectionately nicknamed VIS for Very Important Squid, landed at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Musteen anxiously called in to confirm its arrival. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 The commission issued a preliminary ruling in September that the U.S. groundwood industry is being injured by Canadian shipments, clearing the way for the Commerce Department to continue its investigation. Erin Arvedlund,, "Trump's commerce department put a tariff on Canadian paper that jacked up all U.S. newsprint prices," 11 June 2018 The move quadrupled its capacity, hence the new, regular shipments to Massachusetts. Gary Dzen,, "Bottles: Maine brewers expand — and Bay State benefits," 11 June 2018 The retailer would have to pay a $32.50 tariff on the shipment, raising the total price from $500 to $532.50. CBS News, "What exactly are Trump's tariffs, and how would they work?," 2 June 2018 The retailer would have to pay a $32.50 tariff on the shipment, raising the total price from $500 to $532.50. Paul Wiseman,, "Trump's tariffs: What they are and how they would work," 2 June 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 \

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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