trans·​ship tran(sh)-ˈship How to pronounce transship (audio)
variants or less commonly tranship
transshipped also transhipped; transshipping also transhipping; transships also tranships

transitive verb

: to transfer for further transportation from one ship or conveyance to another

intransitive verb

: to change from one ship or conveyance to another
transshipment noun
or less commonly transhipment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Washington’s campaign in recent years included slapping punitive duties, in addition to the broad tariffs, on Chinese-origin goods from steel to furniture that the U.S. Commerce Department deemed to have been transshipped. Chuin-wei Yap, WSJ, 26 June 2019 Methamphetamine is often smuggled from Laos, and commonly transshipped from Myanmar, where it is produced., 3 Apr. 2018 Canada first announced plans to strengthen the rules on diversion and transshipping last year but didn’t immediately bring them into force. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2018 The fuel is transshipped onto cheaper conventional vessels in northwest Europe at terminals with the facilities to do so, including the U.K.’s Isle of Grain., 19 Jan. 2018 The ports handle more than 40 percent of the waterborne freight entering the nation, and unloading container ships and transshipping their contents employ as many as 1.6 million Southern Californians. Dan Walters, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1792, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of transship was in 1792

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Cite this Entry

“Transship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Mar. 2023.

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