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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Months after, the package arrived (apparently two-day shipping isn't really a thing in the Himalayan mountains). Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "J.K. Rowling sent a fan in India some Harry Potter swag and the girl's reaction was priceless," 26 June 2018 Clementina is the latest in a growing restaurant design trend utilizing shipping containers. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's new outdoor dining concept feels more like Miami Beach," 22 June 2018 Canine squads have been positioned at several major ports and transport hubs across Africa, targeting vehicles at borders, shipping containers, and traffic at airports. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "It’s Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglers," 22 June 2018 His 3-year-old year, 1943, was run under a lot of travel restrictions because of World War II, so shipping wasn’t as easy as the past. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Count Fleet comes in at No. 4 in Triple Crown ratings," 7 June 2018 In April, the Security Council blacklisted dozens of ships and shipping companies over coal and oil smuggling to North Korea. Carol Morello, Washington Post, "U.S. urges U.N. to halt all oil transfers to North Korea," 12 July 2018 The blockchain is in place across the shipping company A. P. Moller-Maersk’s vessels. Laura Shin, New York Times, "Industries, Looking for Efficiency, Turn to Blockchains," 27 June 2018 The associations representing the shipping companies and dockworkers declined to comment. CBS News, "Agency created to fight organized crime on New York, New Jersey docks may be pushed out," 22 June 2018 The story would show that Ross owned stock in shipping company Navigator Holdings, which counted as a major client a Russian company part-owned by Putin’s ex-son-in-law and a close friend. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "GOP repeats ObamaCare mistakes on immigration," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of shipping

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

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Phrases Related to shipping

shipping and handling

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30 Aug 2018

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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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