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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Diamond trading centers in Belgium, India and Israel called on the organizers of a major Hong Kong jewelry fair to postpone the event because of concerns about the security of diamond shipments and staff safety. Washington Post, "Hong Kong students plan class boycott for protest demands," 22 Aug. 2019 Customs and Border Protection officers seized the shipments and consulted ATF agents, who confirmed that the firearm parts violated an embargo against Chinese weapons. Andrew Blankstein, NBC News, "Feds intercept nearly 53,000 illegal Chinese gun parts in Los Angeles," 22 Aug. 2019 Stephen Carter, 34, of Cleveland, collected the drug shipments and delivered drugs to Fletcher’s customers, prosecutors say. Eric Heisig,, "Seventeen charged in drug trafficking operation that moved heroin, fentanyl, cocaine from California to Cleveland," 21 Aug. 2019 Overdoses and shipments have dropped since 2012, but the country is still reeling from the fallout., "Oregon opioid epidemic: Pills flooded the state as overdoses climbed, unsealed data show," 2 Aug. 2019 Construction at the company's Elba Island LNG export terminal in Savannah, Georgia, is largely complete but crews are still preparing the facilty for production and tanker shipments. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "DOE approves exports for Kinder Morgan's Gulf LNG project," 1 Aug. 2019 The state’s investigative summary details trips back and forth from parlors to airports, plane tickets from New York, suitcases and shipments of women’s clothing, and Costco grocery receipts. USA Today, "Sex trafficking is behind the lucrative illicit massage business. Why police can't stop it.," 30 July 2019 The reprieve that Harley expects starting in the second quarter of next year overshadowed cuts the company made to its forecasts for annual shipments and profit margin after another quarter of dismal sales. Los Angeles Times, "Harley-Davidson gets EU approval for plan to dodge $100-million tariff hit," 23 July 2019 Springtime flooding also delayed cattle shipments and cut consumer demand for meat to grill, which reduced quarterly profit in Cargill’s North American meat operations. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Cargill Profit Drops on Trade, Flooding Challenges," 11 July 2019

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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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