ship·​ping | \ ˈshi-piŋ \

Definition of shipping

1a : passage on a ship
b : ships
c : the body of ships in one place or belonging to one port or country
2 : the act or business of one that ships

Examples of shipping in a Sentence

The fruit was ready for shipping. They protected our shipping from submarines during wartime.

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While FedEx is terrifyingly efficient at moving all this freight around, shipping companies do have bad years. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 Demna Gvasalia did that with T-shirts bearing the logo of shipping company DHL. Mackenzie Wagoner, Glamour, "How Athleisure Evolved Into Fashion's Obsession With All Things Outdoors," 20 Nov. 2018 Moriya, 28, is a commoner who works at the shipping company Nippon Yusen KK. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Japanese Princess Just Married a Commoner, and Gave Up Her Royal Status to Do So," 29 Oct. 2018 As the Earth has warmed, shipping companies have looked at the Arctic as a way to cut down travel time and save money. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "World's largest shipping company heads to Arctic as climate change may open up new routes," 22 Aug. 2018 Moriya works at a shipping company, and his late mother knew Princess Hisako. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Watch Japan's Princess Ayako Get Formally Engaged to Commoner Kei Moriya," 13 Aug. 2018 Uber Freight, a business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, is unaffected by the decision. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber is dumping its controversy-plagued self-driving truck business," 31 July 2018 With master agreements nailed down for both the freight and small package national master contracts, the union and the shipping giant will continue to hash out terms of supplements and local agreements. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "UPS reaches a tentative agreement on a contract with the Teamsters," 13 July 2018 Get free ground shipping on orders over $150 at Crane & Canopy with the code Happy19, now through January 21. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Don't Miss These Amazing Home Sales This MLK Weekend," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of shipping

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of shipping

: the act or business of sending goods to people, stores, etc.
formal : a group of ships


ship·​ping | \ ˈshi-piŋ\

Kids Definition of shipping

1 : the act or business of a person who ships goods
2 : a group of ships in one place or belonging to one port or country

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