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shipping

[ship-ing] /ˈʃɪp ɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act or business of a person or thing that ships.
2.
a number of ships, especially merchant ships, taken as a whole; tonnage.
3.
Obsolete. a voyage.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see ship, -ing1
Related forms
nonshipping, adjective

ship

[ship] /ʃɪp/
noun
1.
a vessel, especially a large oceangoing one propelled by sails or engines.
2.
Nautical.
  1. a sailing vessel square-rigged on all of three or more masts, having jibs, staysails, and a spanker on the aftermost mast.
  2. Now Rare. a bark having more than three masts.
    Compare shipentine.
3.
the crew and, sometimes, the passengers of a vessel:
The captain gave the ship shore leave.
4.
an airship, airplane, or spacecraft.
verb (used with object), shipped, shipping.
5.
to put or take on board a ship or other means of transportation; to send or transport by ship, rail, truck, plane, etc.
6.
Nautical. to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.
7.
to bring (an object) into a ship or boat.
8.
to engage (someone) for service on a ship.
9.
to fix in a ship or boat in the proper place for use.
10.
to place (an oar) in proper position for rowing.
Compare boat (def 10).
11.
to send away:
They shipped the kids off to camp for the summer.
verb (used without object), shipped, shipping.
12.
to go on board or travel by ship; embark.
13.
to engage to serve on a ship.
Verb phrases
14.
ship out,
  1. to leave, especially for another country or assignment:
    He said goodby to his family and shipped out for the West Indies.
  2. to send away, especially to another country or assignment.
  3. Informal. to quit, resign, or be fired from a job:
    Shape up or ship out!
Idioms
15.
jump ship,
  1. to escape from a ship, especially one in foreign waters or a foreign port, as to avoid further service as a sailor or to request political asylum.
  2. to withdraw support or membership from a group, organization, cause, etc.; defect or desert:
    Some of the more liberal members have jumped ship.
16.
run a tight ship, to exercise a close, strict control over a ship's crew, a company, organization, or the like.
17.
when one's ship comes in / home, when one's fortune is assured:
She'll buy a car as soon as her ship comes in.
Origin
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English scip; cognate with Dutch schip, German Schiff, Old Norse, Gothic skip; (v.) Middle English s(c)hip(p)en, derivative of the noun
Related forms
shipless, adjective
shiplessly, adverb
misship, verb, misshipped, misshipping.
preship, verb (used with object), preshipped, preshipping.
Can be confused
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Examples for shipping
  • Local tax and shipping charges will be applied by region.
  • The yeast cells can be killed by excessive heat or cold during shipping.
  • It will calculate shipping costs and discount offers, too.
  • If they are, a student can print shipping labels and mail the texts off to a third-party business.
  • Discusses the area's shift from a major shipping port to a place known for leisure and entertainment.
  • If he should lie down the wind would cease and shipping would be disturbed.
  • From there, it spread across the country by way of shipping routes and interstates.
  • It could be, if some of the remaining places where polar bears find sea ice are subjected to more human pressures from shipping.
  • We need to realize in the shipping industry they can be pirates.
  • shipping costs can be calculated in your shopping cart.
British Dictionary definitions for shipping

shipping

/ˈʃɪpɪŋ/
noun
1.
  1. the business of transporting freight, esp by ship
  2. (as modifier) a shipping magnate, shipping line
2.
  1. ships collectively there is a lot of shipping in the Channel
  2. the tonnage of a number of ships shipping for this year exceeded that of last

ship

/ʃɪp/
noun
1.
a vessel propelled by engines or sails for navigating on the water, esp a large vessel that cannot be carried aboard another, as distinguished from a boat
2.
(nautical) a large sailing vessel with three or more square-rigged masts
3.
the crew of a ship
4.
short for airship, spaceship
5.
(informal) any vehicle or conveyance
6.
when one's ship comes in, when one has become successful or wealthy
verb ships, shipping, shipped
7.
to place, transport, or travel on any conveyance, esp aboard a ship ship the microscopes by aeroplane, can we ship tomorrow?
8.
(transitive) (nautical) to take (water) over the side
9.
to bring or go aboard a vessel to ship oars
10.
(informal) (transitive) often foll by off. to send away, often in order to be rid of they shipped the children off to boarding school
11.
(intransitive) to engage to serve aboard a ship I shipped aboard a Liverpool liner
12.
(informal) (transitive) to concede (a goal) Celtic have shipped eight goals in three away matches
See also ship out
Derived Forms
shippable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English scip; related to Old Norse skip, Old High German skif ship, scipfī cup
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Word Origin and History for shipping
ship
O.E. scip "ship, boat," from P.Gmc. *skipan (cf. O.N., O.S., Goth. skip, Dan. skib, Swed. skepp, M.Du. scip, Du. schip, O.H.G. skif, Ger. Schiff), perhaps originally "tree cut out or hollowed out," and derived from PIE base *skei- "to cut, split." The O.E. word was used for small craft as well; in 19c., distinct from a boat in having a bowsprit and three masts, each with a lower, top, and topgallant mast. Fr. esquif, It. schifo are Gmc. loan-words. Ship-board "side of a ship" is from c.1200. Ship-shape "properly arranged" first attested 1644. Phrase ships that pass in the night is from Longfellow's poem "Aftermath" (1873). Phrase runs a tight ship is attested from 1971.
ship
c.1300, "to send or transport by ship," from ship (n.). Transf. to other means of conveyance (railroad, etc.) from 1857, originally Amer.Eng. Shipment "that which is shipped" is from 1861.
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pump ship, shape up


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