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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New York’s busy families have long relied on traditional online grocery delivery services like FreshDirect and Amazon Fresh for big shipments, typically scheduled a day in advance. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "Checking Out New York’s Online Grocery Stores and All Their Trimmings," 20 Nov. 2018 In the second quarter of this year, Amazon had 41 percent of global smart speaker shipments, followed by Google at 28 percent, according to Strategy Analytics data. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 There is no denying this is a big, big shipment, near the top of heavyweights, says Mohamad Al-Salman, bridge engineer for the state’s Department of Transportation. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Talk about a ‘superload’! Check out what’s crawling along Washington highways," 18 Sep. 2018 In recent days, Israel allowed fuel shipments to increase the power supply in Gaza, which suffers from frequent blackouts, and agreed to additional Qatari assistance to allow Hamas to pay the salaries of its thousands of unpaid workers. Fares Akram, The Seattle Times, "Cease-fire takes hold between Israel and Hamas," 13 Nov. 2018 Apple’s shipments fell by 7.6 percent, and the company is now fourth with 2.02 million Macs sold during the quarter. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change," 11 Oct. 2018 Israel temporarily suspended fuel shipments to Gaza in July for similar reasons. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Israeli jets strike Gaza terror targets after Hamas launches dozens of rockets," 2 Oct. 2018 That single shipment involves 30 entities encompassing more than 100 people, requiring more than 200 exchanges of documents, said Mike White, chief executive of the joint venture. Laura Shin, New York Times, "Industries, Looking for Efficiency, Turn to Blockchains," 27 June 2018 The person who placed the order claimed that two other Dell servers were damaged in shipment. David Owens,, "California Man Charged In West Hartford Computer Scam Seeks Special Form Of Probation," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of shipment

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shipment was in 1799

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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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