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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Last week, the International Maritime Organization, the United Nations’ global regulatory body for international shipping, took steps to bring some order to the growing ship traffic streaming through the Bering Strait. Margaret Kriz Hobson, Scientific American, "Amid Ice Melt, New Shipping Lanes Are Drawn Up off Alaska," 29 May 2018 The Postal Service has adjusted to the new normal, with first-class mail down and demand for package shipping going up. Marci Shatzman,, "Push on to keep downtown Boca post office from relocating its window service," 28 Mar. 2018 There is a reserve price of $5,000, plus $600 for shipping. Boyce Garrison,, "Boltman decides to bolt; costume & rights for sale," 12 July 2018 Rogue Valley Roses: Phoenix, Ore. Is constantly propagating new stock and if a variety isn’t available, customers can go on a waiting list ($6 fee) to be notified when their rose is available for shipping. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "As for beauty and fragrance, the rambler comes up roses," 15 June 2018 Ten years ago, Amazon introduced 100% recyclable packing, so products can ship in their original packaging and don’t need to be put in a second box for shipping. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "Blue bins overflow with Amazon and Walmart boxes. But we're actually recycling less," 8 June 2018 Wonolo workers typically help with picking and packing items and labeling boxes for shipping. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Finding blue-collar gig jobs at the tap of an app with Wonolo," 8 June 2018 In May 2017, Lynch fired Hannah for allegedly sending an empty box out for shipping. Julianna Rennie, charlotteobserver, "N.C. man says boss made his work life hell after learning of same-sex marriage plans," 8 June 2018 Sadam Hussein’s former $30 million, 270-foot superyacht will now operate as a hotel and recreation facility for Iraqi maritime pilots shipping in and out of Basra, the main southern port city. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Saddam Hussein’s $30 million superyacht is now a hotel for maritime pilots," 23 May 2018

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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.

: 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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