ship·​ping | \ ˈshi-piŋ How to pronounce shipping (audio) \

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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First Known Use of shipping

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

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11 Aug 2020

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“Shipping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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