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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In nearly all rental services, shipping is free both ways, but Chen pointed out that customers like to return in stores. Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Fashion Rental Competition Is Increasing Among Stores," 9 Aug. 2019 Mission Ballroom’s brand — all neon signs, selfie murals and Instagram gifs — feels on-the-nose, like someone put a giant backwards hat on a shipping container. Dylan Owens, The Know, "With Mission Ballroom, Denver finally has the concert venue it deserves," 8 Aug. 2019 Their original concept was to create their traveling museum in a series of 16 shipping containers and open it last summer. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pop-up avocado museum has finally ripened in San Marcos," 4 Aug. 2019 Her group started running too, finding refuge in a shipping container where many other festival-goers were hiding. Los Angeles Times, "Police ID Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect as Santino William Legan; victims include 2 children," 29 July 2019 The chocolate cake was created by Sweet Dreams Bakery in North Carolina, complete with a shipping label and packing tape. Sophie Sherry And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "A man surprises his wife with an Amazon box that's good enough to eat," 25 July 2019 Watching the shipping labels get stamped on by a different robot, the older girl on the tour asked if Prime orders are handled differently than regular orders. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "What you see on Amazon’s public warehouse tours," 26 June 2019 Once an item is sold, the seller is sent a prepaid shipping label paid for by the buyer for at a flat rate of $12.99. Kate Kelleher,, "This App Is Here To Help You Make Money On Your Next Marie Kondo Session," 18 June 2019 Or, new this year, customers can request a shipping label that can be used on any box. Anne D'innocenzio, The Seattle Times, "You’ve Kondo’d; now what to do with all that unwanted stuff," 26 Mar. 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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