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.
Recent Examples on the Web Companies across many sectors are contending with rising costs from coffee to aluminum and shipping as the recovery from Covid-19 gains steam. Nick Kostov, WSJ, 29 July 2021 FedEx Ground, a package shipping subsidiary of the FedEx Corp., is hiring in response to surging online purchasing and seven-day residential delivery. Stephen Singer,, 28 July 2021 Norfolk Southern easily overcame higher fuel costs and congestion in key parts of the rail network because shipping volume was up so much. Josh Funk, Star Tribune, 28 July 2021 Amazon's global logistics operation now includes a cargo air network with dozens of planes, a freight shipping system and a massive fleet of trucks, as well as its many fulfillment centers. Clare Duffy, CNN, 28 July 2021 But the pandemic also battered the advertising industry, strained supply chains, spurred a global semiconductor shortage and created shipping disruptions. Washington Post, 27 July 2021 Available positions include warehouse associates, production and logistics, team members, forklift drivers, quality technicians, production and assembly operators, inspection, tugger drivers, shipping clerks, warehouse managers and others. William Thornton |, al, 27 July 2021 The dams generate power, control floods, provide irrigation and create a waterway for cruise ships, pleasure boats and barges that make up a massive industrial shipping operation. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2021 To get to a truly online, national shipping market for alcohol, both Congress and state lawmakers need to act. C. Jarrett Dieterle, National Review, 26 July 2021

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First Known Use of shipping

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

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31 Jul 2021

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“Shipping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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